No Place I’d Rather Be…
I’ve always wanted to get into a gig for free by saying at the front desk “I’m friends with the band” and this came true last week – WHOOOOP!
So, unless you have literally been in hibernation, you will know the Number One Song Rather Be by Clean Bandit. They even play the song at Uniqlo constantly. It’s everywhere and was Number One in the UK and in Germany, so literally, it’s playing EVERYWHERE!
Excitingly, one of my childhood friends is in the band (bass/keyboard)! Although I hadn’t seen Stephen for probably 20 years, we instantly recognised each other and we all went for a drink before the gig.
I will admit that I love the Rather Be song, however I had no idea what the band was called, or any other songs they had. Because Stephen had been on BBC Radio One and Jools Holland with the band, I had seen them on youtube a couple of times. When I asked if Jason’s sister and her boyfriend wanted to come along with us, I couldn’t even remember the name of the band. Luckily, they are more clued in than me (and they could guess the band from me singing: no no no no, no place I’d rather beeee…) and they had been to all the big festivals in Europe this year and had seen Clean Bandit play many times, so they joined us too.
I apologise for the photos – I was too busy boogie-ing to concentrate on taking good snaps. Their music is better live than even on Spotify. The voices are stunning, the music great and such fun entertainment. I cannot recommend them highly enough. I was surprised at how many songs I knew and could sing along to and their next song has just hit Number One as well, so they are going up and up! Because they played all the main festivals all over Europe, the concerts are currently in smaller venues, which is much better than seeing a band at the 02 – I’m sure in the future you won’t get another chance to enjoy an intimate concert – so get your tickets quick! Their European Tour is ongoing, so catch them while you can – a really fun evening
And in case you still are not sure what song I’m on about, here they are on BBC Radio One!