Gig Review: Blossoms virtually at the O2 Academy Brixton

Tom Moorcroft reviews Blossoms' virtual show at the O2 academy Brixton

Tom Moorcroft
10th December 2020
There’s something quite dystopian about tuning into a live gig in your living room. All the excitement of queuing up for a lifetime outside the venue, stocking up on a few pints before you go in and rushing to the front to get the best spot in the house is lost when you’re sat on a sofa in your pyjamas.

However, there’s one thing that you can hope for. You can hope that the show you see is as energetic and enjoyable as the real thing, minus the chance of getting pints of questionable liquid chucked on you at some point. 

For me, Blossoms put on one hell of a show. Despite packing into a scarce O2 Academy in Brixton, they approached it like they would any other gig, with an amazing set-list and guaranteed bangers for the virtual crowd to enjoy from home. The only slight differences were the lack of shoes being worn from members of the band, and the occasional sip of tea to commemorate the rather cozy event. 

And that’s exactly what it felt like. You just felt extremely comfortable sitting there having them on your telly as you’re having a few cans and reminiscing on old times. It was such a great show, and I haven’t even started talking about the songs.

Of course many Blossoms fans would be aware of the classic tracks which are bound to make an appearance. Whether this be ‘Blown Rose’, which was the opener, or ‘Charlamagne’, entry level Blossoms enthusiasts would be delighted to see these Indie classics pop up during the show. And of course they pulled so many great songs out of the hat that night.

I was personally a huge fan of their performance of ‘Like Gravity’, with it’s ethereal yet inherently indie sound echoing inside this empty canvas which was the O2. Similar vibes were acquired on the tracks ‘Getaway’ and ‘Oh No’.

However, no December show would be without a few Christmas tracks in there, and luckily Blossoms have released two Christmas songs in their time. The first being a slightly more positive take on Christmas, ‘Christmas Eve’, and the latter being a more 2020-appropriate track, ‘It’s Going To Be A Cold Winter’. It was nice getting to see the lads banter around for an hour, just having fun and making the most out of the ‘virtual’ gig. 

If you’ve never attended a virtual gig before, whilst slightly unusual, they’re definitely worth it. There’s nothing quite like popping one of your favourite bands on the telly, sticking the disco lights on and just vibing out.

And of course, for those Indie-lovers unaware of Blossoms (if such a person exists) then you need to check them out. Virtually or in the flesh, they’ll be sure to knock your socks off. 

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AUTHOR: Tom Moorcroft
Head of Sport for The Courier. Current 3rd year English Literature and History student. Love writing about sports/music, playing the guitar and Everton FC!

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