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September 26th 2013 | Norwich Waterfront | Gigs

Words: Madelene Aldridge-Hobbs | Photo: Madelene Aldridge-Hobbs

Walking into the low lit Waterfront venue in Norwich it was clear it was going to be a good night… Several people were already crammed up against the barrier eagerly awaiting the arrival of Kids In Glass Houses and music was already playing in the background, as the queue gradually made their way in to the venue the atmosphere grew and we were ready for the support acts.

First off indie rock band ‘The Propellers’ recently signed to the same record label as Alicia Keys and Kaiser Chiefs and originally from Kent, the bands set list included new single ‘Black Mascara Eyes’ and ‘Midnight Kiss’. The band lead by floppy haired Max Davenport put on an incredible show and by the end of their set everyone was ready for more. Luckily that came in the form of American rock band ‘Cartel’, it was only the bands fourth time in the UK and their first time in Norwich and they were unbelievable. As soon as drummer Kevin Sanders let his crazy hair down the crowd went mental, their set was so energetic and had the whole room dancing ready for the main event...

After a short wait the stage lit up and Kids In Glass Houses were back, opening with their new song ‘Peace’, its catchy chorus and more synthpop feel immediately had the crowd hooked and gave a good idea what to expect from their new album. It wasn't long before everyone was pushing to get closer to the band. They then performed a string of favourites from their previous three albums and lead singer Aled Phillips interacted with the lively crowd and even handed out a water bottle or two to some lucky girls. Owning the stage, Phillips friendly banter with the crowd and the rest of the band was just enough to get everyone ready for the next few songs.

After two failed crowd surfing attempts the whole room became a mosh pit and chanting along to the lyrics of ‘Saturday’ everyone was thoroughly enjoying the gig. Encouraged by the band the whole room was dancing until the very last song. The awesome performance from the whole band- not to mention an incredible show from drummer Philip Jenkins- left everyone wanting more; once the band thanked everyone for their enormous support over the last seven years the gig was over after such an amazing night I will be sure to see them again. Definitely 10/10.  

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