Sophie and the Giants – Tramlines Festival 24/07/21

If you want to find the best of the best when it comes to upcoming artists then you need look no further than a festival like Tramlines, and stages such as The Leadmill stage have so much to offer, especially when it comes to their headliners, they never miss.

Curated by BBC Introducing, The Leadmill stage hosted Sophie and the Giants as their Saturday night headliner, performing at probably the trickiest time as they were sandwiched between both Blossoms and Royal Blood, but that did not stop them drawing a huge crowd to celebrate this huge moment in their career.

I’ve seen this band a few times live now and they never fail to take their performance to the next level, may that be their live sound or their stage presence, you can always see them evolve and learn from every gig they play.

After being introduced by the BBC introducing compere, Sophie and the Giants leapt onto stage and ripped into their first tune, the crowd roared and you could tell that everyone there was not going to miss their set for the world. With it being fairly late on in the day the punters had relaxed and everyone was getting involved with dancing and mosh pits from the start of this set.

The energy on stage was electric and every member of the band was so immersed in the music, particularly the bassist Antonia Pooles who demonstrated her unbelievable musicianship partnered with her energetic stage presence.

This was matched on the left hand side of the stage as Toby interacted with the crowd and Sophie the whole set, showing how much chemistry this band has with each other.

This is essentially a home town show for these guys and you could really feel the love in that tent as they ploughed through hit songs such as ‘Hypnotized’, ‘Right now’ and their recent single ‘If I don’t break your heart’.

One thing I do at gigs is try to get a perspective of all the audience members so I move through the tent to see how people are reacting to the music, and towards the back of the tent where stood the Sophie and Giants newbies, all you could see was smiles, foot tapping and casual exchanges saying how impressive this band is in a live setting.

I’d seen a lot of bands that day on The Leadmill stage and If I’m honest the sound quality of some of the bands were poor, very distorted and hard to make out, however SATG proved there was nothing wrong with the sound in that tent by playing a very very mature and professional sounding set. These guys show absolutely no sign of slowing down so if you get the chance to catch these guys at a show or festival soon, do it!

Written by Jimmy Ingham

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