Review: Fickle Friends - Northumbria Institute, 25 Oct 2018

'full of positive vibes and dancing shoes...'

Abbie Rose Herring
30th October 2018
Credit: Abbie Rose Herring

Fickle Friends at Northumbria Institute was full of positive vibes and dancing shoes...

The night began with two talented support acts which both engaged the crowd. The first being a seven-piece funk-pop band Picnic. With two electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboardist, saxophonist and female singer, their sound was fresh, funky and fun. Give a listen to their tune ‘Girls Night’ for some cross-rhythmic sax goodness and offbeat jazzy bass solos. Leeds band Marsicans also delivered an unbelievably cool set of indie-pop riffs and mesmerising vocal harmonies.

Their new single ‘Suburbs’ is out now – you should definitely take a listen. Marsicans’ style is unique and vibrant, they’re a must watch band. Alternative indie-pop band from Brighton, Fickle Friends brought their dance vibes to the stage, kicking off their hour set with ‘Bite’ and ‘Wake Me Up.’ Overcoming a recent illness, lead singer Natti didn’t seem her usual self but pulled through the set to give an overall strong performance of songs from their March debut album ‘You are Someone Else’ and new track ‘The Moment.’

[pullquote]their sound was fresh, funky and fun[/pullquote]

Natti explained how they recently shot the music video for ‘The Moment’ in Vegas in front of tourists and how she had to lip-sync to the song without being embarrassed. It was also established that Fickle Friends are mental health awareness advocates which is reciprocated in their song ‘Hard to Be Myself,’ which is about how Natti’s friends help her through hard times.

The highlight of the night had to be ‘Lovesick’ where the band congregated around the drum kit to jam together. It created a communal vibe which had the crowd grooving with the band enjoying themselves. Chris Hall’s epic guitar solos were also deserving of a mention as he played riffs that the audience just couldn’t get enough of. The set closed with ‘Swim’ and ‘Glue,’ two of the biggest Fickle Friends tracks.

Their synth-pop based feel created positive upbeat vibes which everyone just had to dance along to.


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