Hullabaloo / Vektrill: Concorde 2 – 7 March 2020
The music of Muse from Hullabaloo live in Brighton! A cold Saturday night in Brighton saw people filing into Concorde 2, all having a squeeze from the hand sanitising gel bottle on the ticket desk. Great idea!
Hullabaloo is formed of three musicians from the depths of West Wales who are passionate about accurately recreating the incredible music of MUSE and bringing it to the forefront of venues near you. Travelling up and down the UK and beyond to perform in clubs, theatres and festivals playing all of MUSE’s repertoire from the albums Showbiz and Origin of Symmetry up to Simulation Theory and everything in between. Hullabaloo has become a mainstay amongst the best tribute acts on offer and prides themselves on mastering the sound of MUSE and putting on unforgettable live shows.
And tonight was their first visit to Brighton. The event put on by the team at Black Rabbit Productions at Concorde 2.
Samuel Walters = guitars and vocals
Paul Bishop = Bass and vocals
Bob Thomas = Drums
Hullabaloo took the stage at Concorde 2 about 8.35pm, March 7 and would spend almost an hour and a half delivering a pure rock ‘n’ roll set, filled with amazing songs, at times dynamic performances, some twenty solid Muse songs and plenty of huge lit up balloons.
Now, the brilliant British band Muse, made up with of vocalist-guitarist Matt Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard are a good live act. These guys are usually pretty great in concert. So Hullabaloo have set themselves a pretty high benchmark. “Hullabaloo are a three piece MUSE Tribute band… we pride ourselves on sounding as close to MUSE as possible.. We are the U.K’s best MUSE Tribute!”
First song off the bat tonight was Psycho, and without hesitation we were into The Handler. I have to say a fair sized crowd had gathered at Concorde 2 tonight which is good to see. It was the first visit from these guys and it was clear that the crowd were well up for a bit of Muse -ic. Super Massive Black Hole followed up and this one went down well with the crowd. These guys were putting up a fairly decent sound which just got better and better as the set progressed.
A segue of Panic and Pressure [Drill Sergeant] were served up. Nicely done as Samuels vocals soared and seared across the venue. We didn’t really need to do the close your eyes and listen test as the smoke machine did the first part of that for us and obscured the band from time to time. They, I can confirm, sounded pretty damn authentic. The top bass smacking from Paul and the top notch stick action from Bob came together with Samuels guitar and vocal work. This was close, real close.
The Groove was up and this ran into an interlude, just as Muse do. Allowing bass and drums to give us a few minutes of their time. Samuel back on stage gave us Hysteria and Muscle Museum. I think dear reader you will agree some of Muses finest had been delivered and even more was to come. TIRO, or Time Is Running Out, Starlight and then the anthem stadium shaker Uprising. Uprising seemed to lift the spirits of the already happy venue, full of appreciative fans, who had been on standing so far, maybe waiting for this one, anyway pretty much everyone was now dancing full on and joining in.
Showbiz, Bliss, The Dark Side, Plug In Baby followed, and this incredible set from these three guys ended with Hullabaloo playing the epic, almost operatic, Knights Of Cydonia. Huge balloons with flashing lights inside were let loose into the crowd for this one. I have to say they lasted quite a while as they bounced over our heads and one lodging itself in a lighting gantry. A nice touch from the band for this one.
Everything the band Hullabaloo attempted worked, and it worked very well. The crowd had clearly enjoyed their evening out as the band came back for one more they were greeted with a huge Brighton cheer. To close we had a well put together medley, of Reapers, Dead Star, Hyper Music and Micro Cuts to close proceedings.Chatting afterwards the guys had said they had really enjoyed the night, they loved the venue and of course the sizeable crowd who had come out to see them play.
Samuel collapsing onto the stage indeed marked the end of the evening. I can thoroughly recommend you see these guys if you cant get to see Muse for real. Its an entertaining 90 odd minutes packed with fine music and the set list well constructed to cover the back catalogue, and newer material from Muse.
Hullabaloo that was one helluva show. Thank you.
The evening kicked off with a set from…
Vektrill, Formed at the beginning of 2016, are a three piece local alt rock band from Worthing, near Brighton. In their first year the band managed to secure a PR agent, release two singles to positive reviews and a good audience response and tour the the length of the south coast of England. With several gigs under their belt, ranging from Impressive London venues such as ‘The Borderline’ to ‘The Chill Bar’ in Ilfracombe. They launched into 2019 with their debut album ‘Dualistic Principle’ released in October. The singles ‘Gothic Thoughts’ and ‘Prisoners’ were met with huge praise, the latter getting repeated plays on BBC Introducing. 2020 sees the band hitting lager audiences with their energetic live performance.
2020 sees the band hitting lager audiences with their energetic live performance. Tonight sees them for the first time, I think, hitting the prestigious ‘Concorde 2’ stage in Brighton.
Bass & Vocals – Forbes Coleman
Drums – Jordan Stone.
These guys, Vektrill, put on a really rather tasty 30 minute set of quality rock/alt rock. They are as tight as. They packed in some top tunes for the crowd and these guys had clearly pulled in a few friends of the band to join them. I was unable to locate a set list from them, but rest assured if you go to see them play you will hear some great music! No band of paint across Scotts face tonight.
Vektrill have an album under their belt, Dualistic Principle, along with a couple of EP’s. The short set included songs from the aforementioned releases. We also saw a massive jump from Scott, not totally sure he was aware just how high the stage is, as he suddenly joined me in the pit. He then vaulted the barrier and mixed it up with the crowd.
As I say an enjoyable romp from Vektrill, see for yourself what they can do with good old down to earth dirty guitar riffs and some truly deep bass rhythms, top that off with a powerful man at the back on the sticks and you have a winning combination. They are a local outfit so go see them play if you can.
Vektrill are on Facebook.
The night was hosted by Black Rabbit Productions. They work hard promoting live music on the south coast. They are a promotion company with years of experience putting on music shows. Tonight was superb, and so good to see a local band being given support/guest slot. Great job guys! Find them here on the WWW.
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