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Live // THE BIG MOON, KOKO, London

London four-piece The Big Moon finish off their extensive UK tour with a show at Camden’s KOKO.

The excitement in the room is palpable as the front row of KOKO – all in The Big Moon T-Shirts may I add – babble away with their regular gig chit chat; ‘it’s been so long since I last saw them!’ or ‘it’s so great they’re playing such a big venue’. I can’t disagree with the latter, these hardworking girls are incredibly deserving everything they’ve achieved. I remember seeing them at The Great Escape in 2015 playing Brighton Dome to a scattered crowd, but looking up past the many tiers of KOKO today it could easily be close to its 1500 capacity. Opening with Silent Movie Susie, they look at home on a stage this size.

Guitarist and vocalist Soph Nathan looks bewilderedly out over the crowd and exclaims “I can’t believe how fucking many of you there are!”, none of them can stop beaming as they move onto Nothing Without You and Happy New Year. Speaking of years, 2017 has been THE year for The Big Moon – not only have they played their biggest headline show to date, they also released their successful debut album Love In The 4th Dimension back in April, from which they played all four singles this evening.

After a triumphant set including a surprising Bonnie Tyler cover, they move on to a strong closing set of Something Beautiful, Cupid, Formidable. Bonfire, and of course Sucker. The crowd reaction throughout the night is testament to the sheer talent and showmanship this band possess. From start to finish they don’t just impress, they astound the entire venue. G’warn gals.

Photos: Anna Smith