Live: DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL // St Pancras Old Church, London
Celebrating 20 years of Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carrabba heads out on an acoustic solo tour across the UK and Europe.
Spinning a career-spanning set featuring a guest appearance from The 1975’s very own Matty Healy, last week’s show was a one of a kind live experience and a real treat for any Dashboard Confessional fan.
With a solemn yet joyous tone, the performance fit perfectly in to the acoustic arrangement of the St Pancras Old Church, emphasising the grandiose feel of the night. Armed with an acoustic guitar and illuminated by only one streak of light, Chris Carrabba gracefully took to the mic stand whilst the room fell silent. As the sweet guitar strum in Screaming Infidelities started echoing throughout, the mood quickly changed, filling up the venue with accompanying singalongs and loud cheers.
Revealing at the very start that Hands Down will be last song he’ll play, the set was jam-packed with Dashboard hits, setting up a heart-warming atmosphere. From the more upbeat tones in The Swiss Army Romance to sentimental Stolen, and poignant The Best Deceptions, the crowd was humming along and swaying along to the sound of subtle melodies.
Nostalgia was certainly a leading theme of the night, with a fiery passion and authenticity oozing from every song. Walking down the aisle and joining the crowd for Don’t Wait, it made for a stunning moment that will linger in the memory of many for a long time. The unexpected appearance of Matty Healy only added to the excitement, as they dived into performing their cover of Sex by The 1975 to the disbelief of the audience. I don’t think it can get better than this to be honest.
Soaring with vibrancy and emotions, Vindicated heralded the approaching end of the show, before Hands Down brought us to a close. Filled with warmth, triumph, and first and foremost great music, it was a truly special evening which set the hearts racing, cementing the legacy of Dashboard Confessional.
Photos: Kasia Osowiecka