I focus on what I can make and not what just got ruined
Watsky, Cardboard Castles European Tour
O2 Academy, Islington, London
21st May 2013
Featuring Dylan Saunders
Opening Act: Dumbfoundead
I’ve been really looking forward to seeing Watsky perform again. His performance at Old Vic Tunnels in August last year was phenomenal and one of the best shows I had ever been too. But this one, ever so slightly, surpassed the excitement, atmosphere and overall amazingness that is Watsky on stage.
First of all, I want to mention Dumbfoundead. I’ve actually heard a couple of his songs before and know of him because of the fact that he’s an Asian rapper and he’s collaborated with some youtubers that I’m subscribed to. As an opening act, he was among the best I have ever seen. He has a great stage presence and manages to endear the audience with his personality and how hard he brings it to his performance. He left me wanting more and I definitely feel that I will look into more of his songs and eventually become a big fan.
When Watsky eventually graced the stage, it brought back memories of him performing at Old Vic Tunnels. Only this time, I was even more familiar with his music, having continued to follow his music and the new album, Cardboard Castles. He performed a mixture of songs from the album as well as well known songs by him such as IDGAF, 4am and Energy. Each performance held me in an excited trance and I couldn’t help waving my arms and dancing around to every single number. Indication of the positive energy could be seen in the fact that Watsky attempted a crowd surf only after two songs and went ahead to do so few more times during the show. He also climbed the lighting frame so that he could reach the audience on the upper level, his euphoria and excitement too high to worry about falling down.
Dylan, who was my primary reason for seeing Watsky at the Old Vic Tunnels last year, was amazing as always. His voice is among my favourites that exists out there and it really is such a blessing to be able to hear it live. He was featured a lot more in this show which I am really happy about as I think his presence and the addition of the tone of his voice to Watsky’s songs gives them an edge when listening to them live.
Overall, it was an amazing show. I can’t for the life of me, think of anything I didn’t like and that includes the opening act!
I really hope I get to see Watsky and Dumbfoundead perform again. I am tempted to buy a ticket to their Birmingham show just so I can!
VeeCubb Rating: 5 Thumbs Up!
See Watsky live:
22nd May: Manchester Club Academy, Manchester
23rd May: O2 Academy, Oxford
24th May: Kasbah, Coventry
25th May: The Academy, Dublin
27th May: The Think Tank, Newcastle
28th May: O2 ABC, Glasgow
11th July: O2 Academy Birmingham
He will also be performing at Nass Festival in Somerset and Wireless Festival in London this summer!