Hit Liverpudlian band, Circa Waves, have embarked on their UK tour of small venues, stopping in at Kilmarnock and Dunfermline last weekend. We headed up to Dunfermline, to see the chaos for ourselves.
The band, which formed in 2013, are trialing new music in the country’s best small venues as part of ‘The Tour Before the Big Tour Tour’. The fact that the tour sold out in under five minutes told us we would be in for a treat.
Things kicked off last week in Stockton-On-Tees, before heading north of the border to play at Bakers, in Kilmarnock on Friday (16 November).
Dunfermline’s P J Molloys – Fife’s premier live music venue – was the perfect venue for the occasion, squeezing in 300 dedicated fans on Saturday night (17 November) for a night of absolute carnage.
On tour with them was support act, Ed the Dog, whose single Shame was recently added to Radio One’s playlist.
The band surprised fans with dark but quirky numbers about mental health and playing Scrabble, with a distinctly Wombats-esque sound.
Kilmarnock! We’re on at 19:30 before those lovely lads in @CircaWaves at 20:30. See you there. – Ed … P.s: If you can’t tell from the picture, I’m still absolutely buzzing about being @bbcintroducing and @Introducingbhb pick for the @BBCR1 1 playlist all this week. Carnage. pic.twitter.com/CeTL0ztGJd
— Ed The Dog (@edthedogband) November 16, 2018
The main act took to the stage promptly at 9pm, kicking off with single, ‘Fire That Burns’. Also making the setlist cut were hits, ‘Fossils’, ‘Young Chasers’, and ‘Stuck in My Teeth’, before closing with first single, ‘T-Shirt Weather’. Not even a live proposal mid-show could overshadow the band (congrats to the happy couple).
If you’ve never been to a Circa Waves gig before, let us take this opportunity to recommend it to you, your friends, your family, your dog, your childhood imaginary friend, and the last person you swiped left to on Tinder. Seriously, you won’t regret it.
— 𝐂 𝐈 𝐑 𝐂 𝐀 𝐖 𝐀 𝐕 𝐄 𝐒 (@CircaWaves) November 17, 2018
Also, a round of applause for the fans, who are some of the most loyal in the business. Every song, a new moshpit; every break, a new chant; and at the end, fights breaking out in the hope of catching the band’s sweaty towels.
If we hadn’t been there on ‘business’, we might have got involved…
Before leaving the stage, frontman Kieran Shudall declared the gig the best of the tour so far – but they say that every night, don’t they? Either way, we’ll take it.
Make sure you don’t miss out on tickets for the next tour! Follow the band @circawaves on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest details.
**All images credited to Circa Waves**