Whitley Bay quartet and BBC introducing favourites ‘Lisbon’ brought their 13-date UK tour to Sheffield with an impressive performance at the Students’ Union on Wednesday night.
Consisting of Matthew Varty, Joe Atkinson, Gaz Turkington and Alex Wright, Lisbon are an alt-pop band who certainly know how to write a riff- earning comparisons to the likes of The 1975 as well as plenty of attention from BBC radio in more recent years since their formation back in 2012.
Tonight’s gig at Sheffield University’s students’ union saw the eighth night of a Spring tour that took the band all across the UK, kicking off in Leeds a week ago and coming to an end in Leicester on the 4th June.
Sheffield bands ‘I Kept The Wolves Away’ and ‘Dead Slow Hoot’ provided early support before Merseyside indie quartet ‘Vynce’ warmed the crowd up nicely in the main support slot with songs from their new EP ‘Lust’
Having last seen ‘Lisbon’ live at Sheffield’s Plug supporting American’s ‘Saint Motel’ in front of only a handful of people nearly two years ago, it quickly became apparent this evening that the English four-piece have become an infinitely more accomplished act since – in terms of sound, stage presence and popularity, as the intimate venue had filled by the time the headliners hit the stage around 9:30pm.
‘West’ kicked the set off with a bang and ‘Lisbon’ immediately had the the crowd in the palm of their hands as they continued with ‘Khalessi’ and ‘I Don’t Know’.
Poppy new song ‘Vice’ offered one of the highlights of the performance before fan-favourite ‘Native’ got much of the steel city audience moving and singing along with frontman Varty.
Brand-new single ‘Shark’ was the penultimate song of the night but Varty showed no signs of slowing down as he urged the crowd to “go crazy” to the concluding and incredibly catchy track ‘Rio’, which proved to be the perfect way to end an impressive set on a high.
Setlist: West // Khaleesi // I Don’t Know // Blow // Vice // Native // Bananas // Shark // Rio