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The Big Moon

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Evol @ O2 Academy 28/2/20

Big sound, big energy and big flute duets can only mean one thing – THE BIG MOON have arrived in Liverpool. The London-based four-piece comprising of Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathan, Celia Archer and Fern Ford, are here fresh off the back of the release of their second album, Walking Like We Do.

It’s already been a pretty big year for the band. From supporting Bombay Bicycle Club on their UK tour, taking over BBC Radio 1’s Indie Show and embarking on this UK and European headline tour, 2020 has looked set to be an even bigger breakthrough than when they announced themselves in 2016. Understandably, there has been a lot of hype around The Big Moon since their debut album, Love In The 4th Dimension, was released in 2017. With standout tracks such as Formidable and Cupid making it regularly onto the airwaves, their new offerings are no different and it’s about time we got to hear them live.

Kicking off the evening are PRIMA QUEEN. Their gritty indie tones combined with dashes of mellow pop are reminiscent of The Big Moon’s style, and enough to get the crowd warmed up for the main event.

Showtime commences as red light bathes the stage. The Big Moon enter into the moody glow, diving straight into Sucker from their first album. The jingly guitars and anthemic chorus encourage a party within the crowd before the first song is even finished. A Friday night audience has definitely turned up in force on this blustery evening.

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What’s great about The Big Moon’s collection of tracks is the range of styles and genres they cover. From the atmospheric to the straight-shooting indie rock, acoustic to bass-driven – the set list covers it all. After pleasing the crowd with Take A Piece, a favourite from the new album, they congregate around the drums, swap all their instruments around and head into It’s Easy Then, the first track from Walking Like We Do. When drummer Fern whips out a trumpet in the middle of the track for a solo, it’s as impressive as unexpected. The whole room rings out a cheer of appreciation which is followed by groups chanting the lyrics long after the song is finished.

A few perfectly performed tracks later a flute duet, to mark the start of new single Barcelona, adds to the plethora of surprise performances. It’s the show that keeps on giving. As probably one of their most recognisable songs, Formidable turns the room into somewhat of a heavy rock show, and, as lead singer Juliette takes to the barrier, the crowd goes wild.

An unexpected cover of Fat Boy Slim’s Praise You is welcomed as yet another surprise. It’s refreshing to see an audience sing along to practically every word from every song, including a cover, with little to no phones in the air.

Ending the evening with a run of Bonfire, Cupid and Your Light, all firm fan favourites, the band are met with a roaring round of applause from the audience as guitars and drum sticks are raised into the air in appreciation. What makes this show special, I think as the clapping continues long after they have disappeared off stage, is that not only has the set list been a non-stop hit after hit success, but the whole performance and stage presence has been gripping from start to finish. Their sense of friendship and togetherness is infectious, and the inside jokes and little quips shared on stage make you want to be part of their gang. It’s playful and free and has been a joy to watch the whole way through. If you can catch one of their shows soon you definitely should. The Big Moon are set for big things.

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