Blaenavon’s action-packed tour finally comes to a close with the Liphook based band taking the stage at The Boileroom.

The Boileroom is a notoriously prestigious venue that caps at just shy of 300 people and hosts some of the brightest, up-and-comers in the musical world on an almost weekly basis. I think it is fair to say that the fans packed into the venue waiting for Blaenavon were eager to give the band the recognition they deserve. Off the back of their impressive debut album – which I rated 4/5 Bytes earlier in the year – I was keen to catch songs such as Prague 99 and Lonely Side live. A lot of Blaenavon’s music has found itself in my playlist rotations over the past few months and now it was time to see how they would deliver these songs live and whether or not they had any new material up their sleeves.

Before the trio blessed the stage, we were greeted with two great support acts in the form of Roman Lewis and Boniface. Both bands provided a very strong foundation for the evening’s entertainment and lightened the atmosphere of the room. Boniface stood out to me with their catchy lyrics and secondto-none stage presence. Songs such as Dear Megan and Fumbling gave me high hopes for the band and I have been continuously listening to them on Spotify since.

After Ben Gregory – the Blaenavon frontman – had finished nursing his cup of tea, the crowd were well and truly ready for the band’s performance. Playing a mix of older tunes and some from their upcoming LP, there was a little bit on offer for everyone. The crowd happily sang back the lyrics to Let’s Pray as if everyone was in a choir. Throughout the night the quality of the performance never dropped. For me, the highlight was Orthodox Man which forced everyone in the venue to get involved. This song in particular, only heightened the excitement for the release of their new music.

After the gig came to an end I was lucky enough to have a brief conversation with the frontman himself and pick his brains. Trying to get an insight to when the next instalment to the discography would arrive, he explained that it would come out around June/July 2019 and would consist of 10 tracks. After catching them at this show I think it is fair to say that when it does finally drop, I’m sure no one will be disappointed.

 

3.5/5 Bytes.

Dan Baker.

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