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OH WONDER Gig Review // Hometown Show at the Forum Kentish Town

OH WONDER play a hometown sold out show at O2 Forum Kentish Town.

Before we’re gonna move forward just a quick explanation for my recent absence. I’ve just got back from holidays. I know I’m a little bit behind with everything but I really did need a proper rest. No news. No pressure. No loud music. I guess I needed to find some peace amongst the sounds.

But I’m back now and we’ve got some catching up to do. Let’s start with Oh Wonder.

The South-East London pop duo, Anthony and Josephine, can’t complain about boredom. It hasn’t been even a year since the release of their self-titled debut album and yet they have toured all over the place, making a quick stop at the Forum Kentish Town in London two weeks ago [told you we’ve got a lot to catch up with].

This night is all about duos with Aquilo being the first onstage. Their soft and serene electro-pop makes a perfect preface to tonight’s headline act.

The air gets thicker as more and more people flood the room with the biggest fans waiting impatiently for the last couple of hours. There’s always a few of them, isn’t there?

Oh Wonder showcase a beautiful pop harmony spreading their delightful sound across the room. Their synchronised male-female vocals, being some sort of soundtrack to the flashing set of lights, gracefully fit into the entire production.

The duo opens with a track Livewire and plays almost every song taken from their debut record. The latest single Lose It, Without You and Drive stand out undoubtedly getting the loudest cheers from the crowd. Midnight Moon and White Blood, presented in an acoustic version, hold that tranquil and soothing glamour in the air, just like we’re trapped in a bubble. Only with no intention of getting out of it.

However, that might be the downside of their performance – a quite similar vibe throughout the music set. Everyone knows what to expect. But I guess that’s the charm of Oh Wonder.

The encore is no surprise. The audience have not had enough and devoted fans know really well which tracks haven’t been played yet. Plans and Technicolour Beat end the set with a big happy sing along.

I suppose I have to repeat myself at this point and say what I said after Oh Wonder played a Live Session for Deezer a while back that the world is full of wonders.

But it definitely needs this particular one.

And quoting Oh Wonder quoting Shakespeare for Wonderland Magazine:

O Wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in’t! 

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Photo: Kasia Osowiecka