London Grammar Review: UK tour wrapped up with party worthy of a number 1 album

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London Grammar had me as transfixed on a giant stage-side screen as I’ve ever been.

A more spread out crowd than that typical of Alexandra Palace – social distancing conscious or not – meant my distant view was shared with the pint-pulling bar staff.

As a result, I could either focus on the on stage through a sea of heads and shoulders, or just enjoy the special effects distorting footage of the band on the adjacent LED boards.

The giant visuals certainly softened the blow of arriving only minutes before kick off.

If lead singer Hannah Reid’s voice is unmistakable over Spotify, hearing her live really is as good as it gets.

Seriously impressive.

If it wasn’t for the crowd’s booze-fuelled Saturday night energy, I don’t doubt the hairs on my would have been springing up on end.

Heading into the show I was buzzing to hear live, what I consider to be one of the best projects of 2021.

Way back when concerts remained the tiniest glimmers of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, California Soil dropped.

The trio’s third release as it repeated the success of Truth Is A Beautiful Thing by topping the UK album charts in late April.

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Having several months to learn a 12 track album inside out before experiencing it on stage felt like the perfect time frame.

Big hitters such as Lose Your Head, Lord It’s a Feeling and How Does It Feel were amplified to their absolute capacity to turn the famous venue into a dance hall.

Any trepidation of the evening being a gentle solemn affair after a lively afternoon were soon put at ease by the super club style strobe lighting that culminated at the end.

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To say the frenzied grand finale came out of nowhere wouldn’t be quite true but the band made sure they finished not just the show but their UK tour with a bang.

If anyone had gone the entire set without something of a dance, they almost certainly did then before clapping the group off for the last time this year.

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London Grammar wrote on Twitter after the gig: “Can’t believe our tour is over Thank you to everyone who came out to see us, it was everything we could have ever asked for. Huge thanks to @ariesmoross and @gribiche for designing the show and our brilliant crew for bringing it to life every night.”

On Wednesday the band took another moment to fully reflect on their tour which started two weeks earlier at Cardiff’s Motorpoint arena.

They tweeted: “The UK run of shows was magical and it felt so good to be back performing live together after so long. Thank you @yourallypally for a perfect ending to the London Grammar tour.”

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