Groove Armada made a return to the stage with their first live shows in seven years! So of course, we went along to the London show to welcome them with open arms.
Celebrating twenty-one years together, and marking the milestone with four intimate live shows across the UK, Groove Armada made a long-awaited comeback to the live stage with original band and a whole host of hits under their belt.
Setting the tone for evening, and urging the sold out crowd to start shuffling their feet, DJ duo Hot Blood were already laying down some infectious beats. Weaving disco and soul amongst house classics and garnering a fairly lively response, you could tell this crowd was raring to go. The level of anticipation in the room suggests some people have been waiting longer than seven years to see Groove Armada live again. Personally my last live experience was way back in 2010 at Glastonbury Festival. Going from the throngs of people at the Other Stage, to the intimacy of Brixton Electric really is quite a contrast.
Looking around the room it’s easy to see that this was a crowd of die hards, with an average age group of late 30’s to early 40’s. Some rocking original GA t-shirts from back in the day. It makes me feel old to see that this could be considered a nostalgic trip and not one of current trends. But that thought quickly goes out the window when they finally arrive, and hurl straight into classics like “Look Me in the Eye Sister“, “Fogma” and “Easy“. These are tunes that still stand the test of time now, and my god it feels like only yesterday that I was squashed in amongst the thousands at Glastonbury.
There are few electronic acts that translate well into this setting. Often described as ‘legendary’, it’s easy to see why. Adopting musical influence from across the spectrum and consistently delivering it in this polished act, even after all these years. Everything was on point. You can tell this ‘comeback’ (if we are to call it that) has been a labour of love.
I spent the majority of the show bouncing my way through each tune and singing out of key, which to be honest is the best way to see any gig isn’t it? Whether or not everyone here had seen them in previous years or not, there wasn’t a single person that wasn’t doing the same.
The encore brings in the big guns with, “At the River“, “Chicago” and of course, “Superstylin“. The crowd erupts, as ever, as it always will upon hearing that infamous drop.
Groove Armada might have only brought the band back to celebrate that all important anniversary, but lets hope that it’s just a toe-dip in the water, of things to come. Could we expect to see them grace the stages of Glastonbury again? Another studio album perhaps? We can only hope. Please don’t leave it so long next time guys!
If you fancy reliving the gig, or maybe if you weren’t lucky enough to be there, Groove Armada have created a Spotify playlist of the set list which you can listen to HERE
Check out more images from the show below.