The Sunshine Underground rounded off a riotous ShockWaves New Music Exclusive! gig at KOKO last night with an anthemic set.
The Leeds-based four-piece brought the show to an end with live favourite ‘Raise The Alarm’, having already thrilled the crowd with singles ‘Put You In Your Place’ and ‘I Ain’t Losing Any Sleep’.
Earlier, The Holloways had put in a typically energetic performance – except, that is, for bassist Bryn Fowler, who took to the stage on crutches and performed either hopping around or with his right leg resting on a cushion.
Playing a set heavy with tunes from new album ‘So This Is Great Britain?’, last single ‘Generator’ and fiddle-heavy anthem ‘Two Left Feet’ warmed the night up before lead singer Alfie Jackson, resplendent in red trousers, finished in true rock’n’roll style by ripping his shirt off.
The Pigeon Detectives, meanwhile, took crowd participation to the extreme, inviting one lucky fan up on to the stage to help out on dancing duties during ‘I Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye’. The band then returned the favour with hyperactive frontman Matt Bowman leaping into the crowd for the finale.
The ShockWaves New Music Exclusive!, which had started with openers Pull Tiger Tail’s glammy new wave, was the first free gig from ShockWaves, who have sponsored the NME Awards for the past two years.