An emotionally driven show from Aquilo and support Scott Quinn leaves the crowd in awe.
To begin this review, I would like to bring up Aquilo’s fantastic support artist, which came in the form of Scott Quinn. He is a musician that both myself and most of the crowd previously did not know. However, he left a long-lasting impression on us all. Quinn was very apologetic the whole night as he had lost his voice, however, this did not stop him bringing most of us to tears with a song dedicated to his friend who, unfortunately, took his own life. The song was full of passion and was driven by raw emotion. He concluded his set by plugging his upcoming headline show, something that I would highly recommend you check out. He is surely destined to be the next big thing.
Now, onto the main attraction. Aquilo. Unfortunately, I had never had the opportunity to see the artist before, so when the possibility of going to their show arose I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been a fan of Aquilo for a long time and the anticipation surrounding the night was high. I set very high standards for what I was expecting and luckily enough, I was not let down.
Aquilo’s set was a happy mix of the old and new, seamlessly moving from track to track as they interacted with the crowd. Oval Space was a venue unlike any I had been to before. To get in we had to enter through a garage looking entrance, climb up a flight of stairs which took us into a tent-shaped building that overlooked an industrial estate, it was very intimate and radiated good vibes. The passion on show throughout the night was unrivalled to other gigs I have attended. You could see the Aquilo boys’ pure love for their craft. At points, it became quite overwhelming and I found myself quite emotional, which was furthered by the intimate venue that Aquilo worked so fantastically well.
Once the show had come to its conclusion, the only thing playing on my mind was that Aquilo are not bigger names within the music industry. Their set would not be out of place on the main stage of a mainstream UK festival and I can’t imagine it will be long before they achieve it. However, I will always be able to say, no matter how big Aquilo continue to get that I was fortunate enough to be there that night they played the Oval Space in London.