Boyce Avenue play the famous London venue
As the most famous independent band to come out of YouTube, it’s no surprise that Boyce Avenue managed to sell-out the world-famous Roundhouse venue in London.
Upon arrival I made my way to the box office to collect my tickets* with ease and made my way to join the queue. Unfortunately there was a delay getting the crowd into the venue as the pre-show ‘meet and greet’ with Boyce Avenue overran. After a half an hour wait, the queue got moving.
My sister and I hastily made our way to our favourite place; the merch stand. I’m going to be honest and say I was quite disappointed with the offerings as at previous Boyce Avenue gigs I’ve been to they’ve had a better selection. There were three t-shirts to choose from along with wristbands, CD’s (including their new ‘Roads Less Travelled’ album ahead of general release) and a few other bits and pieces. I chose the baseball tee with ‘Boyce Avenue’ splashed across the front, as did my sister.
Merch in hand, we made our way into the main area to find a place to stand. As we knew we had to leave earlier than most (stupid Sunday train times!) we chose to stand near the back. This wasn’t an issue as the Roundhouse is a smaller venue so viewing was still fine (minus the human giraffes stood directly in front of us, grr!).
The show began when the support act, Calum Scott (former BGT contestant) took to the stage. I was blown away by his performance, which consisted of a few new original tracks and a few covers, in true Boyce Avenue style. His set drew to a close with a spectacular performance of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own‘, which has been streamed crazy amounts on Spotify! He also came out to the merch stand post-performance to greet some fans and I managed to grab a selfie with the man himself. I’d keep an eye on him as he’s set for big things!
Shortly after Calum’s performance, Boyce Avenue stepped out on to the world-famous stage to begin their set. The Manzano brothers set list consisted of new tracks from their album ‘Road Less Travelled’ along with some of their more popular hits from ‘All We Have Left’. These were also mixed in with some of their more famous covers including ‘Wonderwall’ and a Foo Fighters cover.
Overall the performance was good but in my opinion didn’t compare to when I had previously seen them live. This may be because the crowd and I weren’t familiar with their newer tracks yet, so it took a while to get into the show. Don’t get me wrong, they’re fantastic singers and performers but I feel as though they need to tour their new album after it’s out to get the crowd going.
*I received two standing tickets in exchange for an honest post-show review