We caught Electric Callboy at the end of their Europe tour at their sold out show in London, with Blind Channel and Future Palace joining them throughout the tour.
Future Palace open the evening with contagious energy. Blasting through a set list with tracks from their most recent album Run, including ‘Dead Inside’, ‘Flames’ and ‘Fever’, we also hear a brand new song ‘Malphas’, that definitely forced the crowd to head bang to the catchy riffs. If you’ve not heard of Future Palace before, I’d add them to your playlist.
Finnish rockers Blind Channel are next to take the stage, and you’d think they were headlining with the crowd reactions. Vocalists Joel Hokka and Niko Vilhelm are bursting with energy, and all members barely keep still as they all run from either side of the stage. With a varied set list including their new single ‘FLATLINE’, and ‘Alive Or Only Burning’ and ‘We Are No Saints’ from their most recent album release last year, they had the crowd in the palm of their hands. A surprising Anastacia cover of ‘Left Outside Alone’ got the entire venue singing along and getting into the early 00’s era. Their set list concluded with the track ‘Dark Side’ that catapulted them on to the scene in Eurovision 20211, much to the crowds’ delight. If you’ve not seen Blind Channel live and you’re heading to Download Festival this year, I highly recommend adding them to your clash finder.
It’s time for the main event, members of the audience have their outfits and wigs at the ready. Electric Callboy command the Eventim Apollo stage with ‘Tekkno Train’ and ‘MC Thunder II (Dancing Like A Ninja)’, as confetti canons and pyro swarm the stage, the crowd screaming lyrics and dancing with everything they’ve got. Vocalist Kevin Ratajczak gives a small heartfelt speech about everyone being worthy of love, before immediately going into ‘Arrow Of Love’ and ‘Mindreader’, where the crowd were singing at the top of their lungs all the way to the back of this packed out venue.
As we reach the half-way point, drummer David Friedrich delivers a hard-hitting drum solo while the rest of the band members change into different outfits to perform the anticipated ‘Hypa Hypa’. Forcing the crowds to form into more mosh pits and completely lose control, you absolutely wouldn’t think this was a Monday evening crowd!
The set comes to a close with ‘Pump It’ and ‘We Got The Moves’, the crowd knew what to do and the night was concluded on a real high. Electric Callboy without a doubt put on a fantastic show, if you want engaging and bold lighting, energetic stage presence and pyro, and you’re not planning on adding Electric Callboy to your watch list at Download Festival, I would suggest you rethink your schedule. It’s a real spectacle.
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