On their second visit to Lincoln The Wombats pulled up, safe in the knowledge this sell out tour would be one to remember. Survivors of the recent lull in interest in indie music, not to mention mainstream outlets becoming less interested in a bands follow up and continuing to push “new music” despit often questionable levels of merit – you know who you are – The Wombats have pushed hard with their second album and continued to carve their niche in the modern musical world.
Accompanying them on the tour we’re the “wannabe Vampire Weekend” Apples, who played a tight but ultimately stagnant set and Morning Parade, an Essex based 5 piece who are slowly but surely bringing their critically acclaimed brand of anthemic dance led rock to the masses. Taking to stage with quiet composure, they set out to please and scored huge cheers from those who we’re familiar with their biggest hits to date ‘Us And Ourselves’,’A & E’ and ‘Under The Stars’.
Both bands played played their part in turning up the heat on an already buzzing crowd, rife with anticipation for the headline slot. The boys took to the stage just after 9.15 and for the next hour, they probably could’ve played the worst set of their lives and still received the ovation they did. Matt Murphys vocals we’re constantly drowned out by the roar of the crowd and the bands energy was matched step for step by almost everyone in the building. But it just so happens, they were on top of their game and played one of the most impressively tight and triumphant sets i’ve seen this year.