Review: This Must Be Pop Live ft. Bright Light Bright Light and HandS

Last night This Must Be Pop Live moved onwards and upwards (or five minutes east, to be precise) to its new venue of Queen of Hoxton and we made ourselves quite at home. They’ve already said we can come back whenever we want, hooray! Although one of the performers, Tinashé, had to pull out at the last minute due to injury, we still had a great turnout.

The first performance came from Norwegian electro-pop duo HandS, who were doing their second ever gig and their first in the UK. They danced around the stage and were very entertaining to watch, with great chemistry between them. They debuted some new tracks and performed their singles Wake Up and No Romance. They definitely seemed to win over the audience as I got loads of people telling me how impressed they were, and the band told me afterwards they had a great time.

Second on stage was Bright Light Bright Light, who played old favourites such as Cry At Films and Disco Moment, as well as tracks from his long-awaited debut album and the new single Waiting For The Feeling. Rod’s powerful vocals and catchy ’90s-inspired tunes boomed around the room, and there were lots of people dancing in the audience. It was fantastic to see how far he has come since I first saw him live almost two years ago and I can’t wait to get my hands on his album now!

After that my friend Jon did a brilliant DJ set and there was an impressive amount of dancing for a Monday night! If only more Mondays involved Jamelia and Mis-Teeq. Thanks also to David and Emmie who were a big help on the night.

More photos from the gig are up on Facebook. Thanks to the photographer Jon Barker, who did a great job! Come back on Thursday to find out the first act performing at the next event on May 15th!

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