An emotional farewell from Coasts as they leave London in disbelief that they are calling it a day.
Let me begin by giving you some context about my relationship with Coasts. Around four years ago I first discovered the band, then a year later I first saw perform live. Ironically, this show took place at the same venue which would also be the last they would grace – the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. So, at the age of 17 I was waiting outside the venue and I was happy and riding such a high with life. I felt like I had everything planned in front of me, and to top it off the show was amazing, and this was one of the reasons that I fell in love with Coasts.
Since my first-time seeing Coasts, WaveByte has formed, and my relationship with the band has only become more meaningful. Last year the band gave me the opportunity to receive their second album early and write about it for both this website and my University magazine – The Stag. Whilst drafting that article it felt as though it was the first time my writing actually meant something, that people were listening to what I had to say. This is another reason why I will forever be grateful for Coasts.
Now, fast-forward to the 28th October 2018. I was faced with the daunting prospect of seeing Coasts at their last ever show. This was especially hard for me because of the personal struggles I have been going through recently. This performance marked the end of not just Coasts, but the end of a chapter of my life. Throughout the show, Coasts held themselves together very well for what I can only imagine was one of the most emotional shows they had ever performed. Frankly, they gave everything they had up on that stage and I am sure they left everyone in the audience thinking how sorely they will be missed. It is almost hard to believe that this was the last time they would all be on stage together, especially because the support from the crowd was so immense. Overall, their performance was incredible and matched the intensity of the crowd every step of the way.
Despite Coasts no longer being together, I am sure that their music will live on forever. For me, I find there to be something quite beautiful about that notion and I would recommend their music to everyone that has time to listen! Sunday 28th October marked the end of an era for everyone who is connected to Coasts and for me personally, the end of a pretty big and influential chapter in my life. I would like to thank all the members of Coasts for all of the amazing times and memories they have allowed me to have and I wish them the best of luck in any future endeavors they have.