Live Review: Fickle Friends w/ Callum Beattie + Swimming Girls: Thekla, Bristol

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Fickle Friends are a band going from strength to strength right now; with new EP Glue out in the world, they’ve embarked on a headline tour and I managed to catch them in Thekla (a venue on a boat), Bristol.

They had 2 support acts on the night, the first being local Bristolians Swimming Girls. Swimming Girls provided a tight electronic indie performance, with their signature stamp being vocalist Vanessa’s distinct tone. If you didn’t know any better you’d be mistaken for thinking Lorde started a little side-project.

Next up was tour support Callum Beattie. Fickle Friends found him over in Ibiza and asked him on tour, a casual tour booking I guess. Callum came with the full band and provided stella musicianship and songwriting with big choruses and polished vocals. An entertaining act that seemed to tick all the boxes, including a cheeky Scottish on stage demeanour.

Fickle Friends took to the stage and bounced through a set full of indie-pop bangers. Tight and polished, the BIMM graduates looked like they’d been on multiple album tour cycles, it’s easy to forget that they’ve yet to release an album; speaking of which, several new songs were showcased and all fit the Fickle Friends bill just nicely. I suspect this could be the last time the band plays venues of this size, as the academies are surely beckoning – this show was packed to the rafters and sold out way in advance. Penultimate song Swim enacted a visible emotional response from singer Natassja, as crowds sang back in full voice.

 

Words + Photos : Nick Tucker

 

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