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Bloc Party Live at Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Live Saturday 31st January 2009
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Bloc Party Live at Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Lots of my mates are huge fans of Bloc Party, so when I was offered the opportunity to review their Wolverhampton Civic Hall Gig on 31st January, I jumped at the chance to see what all the fuss was about! I wasnt disappointed either!

I missed the first support act, Wet Paint, but clung onto my photographer other half to get right up to the front to catch a glimpse of Tommy Sparks. I found his 70s style pop a bit mundane, but when youre in the mindset of the spiky guitar rock that British Indie band Bloc Party are renowned for, this is hardly surprising! In all honesty, I was glad when he finished and wound my way back through the ever-increasing crowds and up the stairs to the roominess of my balcony seat.

As I peered over the balcony, I could see that the Wolves Civic was rammed with Bloc Party fans tonight, waiting in eager anticipation of their band that hadnt been on tour since December 2007. I only just about had enough time to wonder which songs from their three albums (Silent Alarm in 2005, A Weekend in the City from 2007 and brand new Intimacy from August 2008) would make the set when Kele, Gordon, Russell and Matt burst onto the stage.

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The massive crowd erupted into cheers and rapturous applause, and went absolutely wild when the lighting electrified the stage and the huge sound of One Month Off kicked off the set. Practically everyone on the ground floor started dancing from the first beat and never stopped. The mosh pit was frenetic throughout, crowd-surfing aplenty, and glow sticks and drinks galore were thrown across the crowd towards the stage. Kele was definitely right tonight was the night to party!

And party everyone did every single adoring fan in the packed out venue to be precise! Even the balconies were thronging with dancing fans belting out the words to obvious favourites like Positive Tension, Banquet and Helicopter. A stand out song in the set for me was Mercury from their latest album Intimacy (when Kele eagerly jumped down in the pit to get close to fans). It really highlighted just how diverse Bloc Partys sound is, and how much they have experimented with electronic music in recent releases.

I also found it quite touching that Kele openly admitted he felt that they had played badly last time they came to Wolverhampton, and wanted to make up for it tonight. He dedicated the massive This Modern Love to all the fans who had been with the since the start. As they chanted every word to the song, pumped their fists in the air and loved every second of it, it was blatantly obvious just how much they are adored by their fans and just how much they appreciate them in return.

As songs like Ares and Flux finished off the night in style and I wandered downstairs, I could only draw one conclusion; the thought provoking lyrics of Kele, the ass-kicking drumming of Matt and the amazing lead guitarist in Russell make Bloc Party fantastic live. My only negative was that sometimes you couldnt hear the vocals but is this my fault for retiring to the balcony rather than getting in the thick of it?? Next time I will!

Bloc Party have said goodbye to the UK for a few months as they jet off on the rest of their tour that takes in Europe, Canada and America. However, they will be reappearing at the London Olympia for two dates in April. But, and this is a big BUT, if you cant make that dont be disappointed. Bloc Party have already announced Bloctober - a huge UK tour that takes in all four corners of the country in October. Theyll grace the stage of the O2 Birmingham Academy on the 15th October so be sure to get your tickets - theyre on sale NOW!

Review by Tricia Williams
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