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I’m a fan of Dot to Dot, I’ve seen some great bands there, Bastille, The 1975, Slaves and of course the superb Kyla la Grange, but in it’s 10th anniversary year it did not quite have the same edge, and from a feet on the ground perspective there also seemed to be fewer people.

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In the past there has been both width and depth in the tallent on stage, there seemed to be alot of local bands this year, I did wonder if everyone had cleared off to Radio 1’s Big Weekend, last year Indiana played both festivals missing out a Nottingham show and this year Laurel also did.

There were some talented people here and people who have had Radio 1 and BBC 6music airplay, but you had to go looking, and as one girl said to me ‘they all sound the same’ and she was 20+ years younger than me. There seemed to be a huge amount of synth driven pop with men dancing in near slow motion …….. either it is back on trend or I was just unlucky!

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But the Rescue Rooms lived up to their name, with 2 stages backing onto each other (separated by a door) I was able to go from band to band as they completed their sets. At one point I went from Tvvins to Amy Studt to Laurel to Daisy Victoria and Oscar to Tei Shi in quick succession, this was good, the energy of Tvvins was a breath of fresh air and Laurel – well I swear she’s a model I know pursuing her other skills. Oscar’s was a warm friendly and popular show, I think Tei Shi is good, you need to take the time to get into her work, she is doing something good, in a year she could be somewhere very interesting.

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Before that the first on my list of people to see was Joy Mumford who performed with one guitar, really stripped back, that was a good set and she has a great voice.

I did have a bit of inside knowledge, I saw RagnBone Man supporting Bastille and he was on the Rock City Basement stage in the slot before Saint Raymond headlined main venue next door. I know RagnBone Man’s set was the place to be, this guy is good very bluesy almost soul, a wonderful combination and he did not disappoint.

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Just to see what it was like I went next door to see Saint Raymond headline the festival, I was surprised I could still get in, more so that I could get a space on the balcony right at the front minutes before the gig started. He’s got something, but not what Bastille and The 1975 have who I’ve seen on the same stage, at comparable points in their careers.

I started out by saying it was good in parts, having listened back to some of the acts on Soundcloud, good in parts is fair, but it has been better and lets hope it is in 2016.

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Bastille were are Rock City last night (November 2nd) and they have changed beyond recognition.  From the 3pm slot at Dot to Dot in 2012 and then the first shows in the Bad Blood tour earlier this year  they were a  great band, and  had the Bad Blood download for some time and knew what to expect.  But before they took to the stage last night Rag’N Bone man was first up singing a cross between blues and hip hop, his voice is incredible, Clean Bandit were good but it feels as if they are still finding their way.  And then who we had come to see,  Bastille were simply too big for the stage,  their presence filled the entire building and then some, the pace was measured, it was in the bands time, there was no set to get through…… there was just one hell of  a show to put on. This was a whole new ball game, no longer an up coming band, they have arrived, big style and it shows!

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The old A made in lights had gone, and a huge projection screen behind the band replaced it – the set list included most of Bad Blood, plus some new songs and the forthcoming single.  The atmosphere was unlike any I’ve come across at Rock City and I’ve been many times, it was a mix of excitement, anticipation, energy, it tingled, the place was alive it was something you could not describe, but you could just feel  was there!  The band were on stage about 90 minutes including the encore, that was about half the entire 3 hour gig. It was a great gig!

I hope  Rock City will be big enough for Bastille’s next tour and I will be at the front of the que!

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I first came across Bastille on Amazing Radio who’s lack of ability to hold on to their digital radio licence defies belief.  And bands of the quality of Bastille are exactly why they should have it.   With the release of ‘Laura Palmer ‘ it was obvious these guys have something special, two more singles later and the release of Bad Blood their first album and it’s even more obvious.

Returning to Rock City having had an early afternoon slot at Dot to Dot last year –  where they were the class act along with the headliner who turned up many hours later, this was an evening to enjoy.

With doors opening at 7 pm the first band must have been on immediately because by the time I got there around 7.20 they were coming close to the end of their set.  A quick turn round and ‘To Kill a King’ were up, they too have just released their first album, this was their second time on the bill with Bastille having played the Lead Mill in Sheffield the night before.   Bastille joined them at their request for one song, with the invitation being returned by Bastille later in the night.Before Bastille came on I found myself taking to a couple of medical students who were good fun and clearly knew almost everything about the band about to come to the stage, you meet the best people at a Rock City gig!

Then another quick turn round and Bastille took to the stage playing allot from the new Bad Blood album, the first of the singles played being Laura Palmer, in their past the band have done a series of covers and they performed Rhythm of the Night, Pompeii  came toward the end of the set, and the gig closed with the Bastille being joined on stage by ‘To Kill a King’.

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The encore was bound to follow and did not disappoint, the final song being Flaws,  during which Dan left the stage and made his way through the crowd on the floor, up the stairs, travelled the full length of the balcony and down the other stairs before returning to the stage,  and stopping regularly, and not missing a beat to the delight and excitement of all concerned. There were other bands in town last night, but Rock City with Bastille was the only gig to be at.

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