Ivory Wave, a key band in the Birmingham music scene revival dubbed “the Madlands” took to the stage at the O2 Academy 3 in Birmingham for a sold-out show to their hometown crowd.
The line-up was filled with local midlands talent opening with Mass house who despite the challenges of a crowd lacking in numbers put on an energetic set which had them gain the growing crowd’s support by the end of the performance.
Next up on the bill was midlands four-piece The Novus. The band delivered a high energy and engaging set from start to finish that even included a trip into the crowd by frontman Connor, much to the crowd’s delight. The Novus’s live performances show just how good they are. Even with a limited number of songs released they still manage to excite the crowd and build an atmosphere that could quite well have been that of their own headline show. They return to Birmingham on the 23rd of June for a headline at the Victoria.
Main support came in the form of Violet and they’ve been key to the resurgence of the Birmingham music scene and alongside bands such as Sugarthief, Ivory Wave and Riscas. They have been leading the new movement. The band played a set full to the brim with crowd pleasers including singles “Jaded” and crowd favourite “Feel”.
The atmosphere of the now packed venue was high after three impressive supports, so it was expected that the arrival of Ivory Wave to the stage would evoke a strong reaction. Armed with beach balls and a giant inflatable watermelon which were launched into the crowd, Ivory wave opened their set with “Frankie“ an unreleased song hinting at what’s to come in the future for the band.
Five songs in and frontman George took to the stage to slow things down from the bands usual full of energy vibe. Young blood was a welcome break for the crowd who as of yet hadn’t had a chance to regain energy in the packed venue, George’s vocals combined with acoustic guitar delivered a nicely fitting contrast with the rest of the energetic set.
The full band returned to the stage to play already released songs Separate Beat, Pale Moonlight and latest and arguably biggest tune Cool Kids. The band’s stage presence is massive and could quite easily accommodate much larger venues which is definitely on the horizons for them as one of the most exciting bands to come out of Birmingham in recent years. The band’s excitement and passion for their music were obvious and infectious throughout their set.
As the band closed with Club, a stage invasion led by violet, Sugarthief guitarist Jack James, DJ Jacky P and radio presenter and YouTuber Tim Senna took over the stage, singing along and launching stray beach balls back into the crowd. This was a perfect demonstration of how tight-knit the Birmingham scene has become and sets the tone for an exciting future for Birmingham.
Ivory wave’s latest single Cool Kids is out now.
Words and photos by Josie Richards.