Stockport, a working class town in North West England, touching distance from Manchester and the proud hometown of one of the indie musics biggest success stories in 2016, Blossoms.
With all respect to Stockport it doesn’t have a reputation for churning out successful musician after musician. And previous acts that have come from the Cheshire town haven’t had their debut album rocket to the top of the charts in the first week it was released nor picked up pretty much every breakthrough award 2016 has to offer.
This is no fluke of a success story with Blossoms revealing in an interview earlier this year they’ve played more than 150 shows this year, including 3 tours and a LONG summer on the festival circuit, amassing to one extremely impressive ratio of days to gigs. I saw them at the Bournemouth Old Fire Station for the last date of their gruelling slog for 2016.
This must have felt like a blast from the past for the 5 piece rockers. Selling out some of the biggest venues in the U.K and recently announcing a huge summer show at Castlefield Bowl this must have felt somewhat a step back to be playing the pokey 550 capacity venue.
However it wasn’t apparent in Blossoms performance. The 150 odd shows this year have created a polished, professional live performance.
The show kicked off with disco pop single At Most a Kiss the powerful opener was a sign of things to come on a colourful, fun set list consisting of hip moving tracks off the first album with the odd B side track thrown in for good measure. Tracks carefully selected for their sing a long choruses and catchy melodies made for the live stage.
Then came frontman Tom Ogden’s simplistic acoustic solo ‘My Favourite Room’ beautifully delivered with charisma and charm, the acoustic is then cleverly turned into a mash up of “You’re Gorgeous” “Last Christmas” and Oasis classic “Half the world away”. A clever twist to the song captivating the crowd who refuse to let Ogden sing even one lyric on his own.
The encore started in dramatic fashion with whirling track “Texia”. A performance of flashing lights which follow the pace of the 80’s style electronic tune. A stage performance resembling the 1975, screaming to be broadcasted on a bigger stage than the tight corners of the Old Fire Station.
The set closes with vibrant fan favourite ‘Charlemagne’. The springy track sends the venue into a bouncing mob feeding off every last beat and leaving a crowd sweaty, but in awe of the ice cool northern band members.
A show that seemed like a throwback in time. Blossoms phenomenal rise was apparent as they looked and sounded grand in a venue in all honesty for up and coming talent. It’s unlikely you’ll see Blossoms playing venues that meagre in 2017.