• THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

    • Posted by: Ilana Kaplan

    Sept. 16th's Clean Bandit concert at Webster Hall in NYC was not your typical dance music affair the band serenaded the audience with every kind of music possible including reggae, dance-pop, classical and soul. Since the bands genre-less take on dance music fell outside of typical EDM, the crowd also did as well; ravers and non-ravers alike rocked out to Clean Bandits eclectic stylings.

    For their U.S. tour, Clean Bandits Jack Pattison, Grace Chatto, Neil Amin-Smith and Luke Pattison were joined by touring singers Elisabeth Antwi and Florence Rawlings, who took care of the infectious hooks and catchy lyrics. Clean Bandit played a great mix of tracks from their debut record New Eyes.

    Opening for the band was Lizzo a U.S. hip-hop artist who also joined Clean Bandit on the albums track New Eyes. For classical music fans, Clean Bandit satisfied their palettes with a dynamic performance of Mozarts House also the opener on their album. The band also played prime dance tracks Extraordinary and Come Over, which featured the bands diverse influences from all over the world.

    When it came time for the encore, Clean Bandit tricked the audience into thinking their hit Rather Be would be played, but instead surprised audience members with a cover of Robin S.s Show Me Love a soulful rendition of the memorable '90s track. Of course, the band couldnt leave without playing Rather Be so the end to the concert was an epic performance of the track with Antwi and Rawlings killing it on vocals. Vocalist Jess Glynne wasnt able to make the tour, but Antwi and Rawlings could have had you fooled with their vocal range.

    Seeing Clean Bandit live ultimately made me realize that more bands need to have the energy and diversity in sound that they do the band is definitely a must-see for future U.S. tour dates.

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