Concert review: Bastille
Number one fan
The Bastille boys aren't unfamiliar with being number one. When the South Londoners burst onto the scene with their genre-bending sound — a little bit of rock, a dash of hip-hop — for their debut album Bad Blood in March 2013, the album immediately rose to number one on the UK charts. They're recently repeated this last week, releasing their sophomore effort Wild World on 9 September, scoring another number one on the charts.
Their set after the pre-Formula 1 qualifying rounds at the Padang stage proved to be a fitting celebration. Returning to Singapore after performing at The Coliseum at the Hard Rock Hotel last year, lead vocalist Dan Smith and fellow members Kyle Simmons, Will Farquarson, Chris Wood and touring member Charlie Barnes started the show with Bad Blood. It only took one song before the noticeably perspiration-drenched Smith peeled away a layer of clothing, revealing a skeleton motif on his all-black get-up. Cue an obligatory yet necessary mention of Singapore's weather by any visiting artiste (Kylie Minogue also referenced our heat).
Off their discography, Bastille introduced the crowd to five songs off their Wild World record: Send Them Off, Fake It, Good Grief, Two Evils and Snakes. From the newbies, Fake It, Good Grief and Two Evils were the most memorable — Fake It took advantage of the loudest bass used in the set, while the pared back Two Evils showed off Smith's high vocal range. During Flaws, some screaming fans got a tad closer to the lead as he stepped off the stage to the front barrier. The high points of the set were their mashups of '90s hits, which sampled TLC's No Scrubs and Corona's The Rhythm of the Night. Sending the crowd into a frenzy, '80s and '90s kids who weren't particularly die-hard Bastille fans rejoiced, with some getting down on their moves as instructed by Smith (who himself confessed to be an "embarrassingly bad dancer").
Ending their set with their famous hit, Pompeii (yes, it was inspired by that Roman town), Bastille was a good warm-up prior to Queen + Adam Lambert, and a welcome return to Singapore. We'll have them back anytime.
Bastille performed at the 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix on 17 September. For more Formula 1 action, click here.
- Image: Hayley Choo, Getty Images
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