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Fickle Friends review: The band enjoyed every moment on stage

PUBLISHED: 15:41 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 27 March 2018

Fickle Friends performing at The Watefront Studio in Norwich on 26th March 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

Fickle Friends performing at The Watefront Studio in Norwich on 26th March 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

Ross Halls

Fickle Friends, with support from The Islas and Swimming Girls, brought an evening of 80s synth pop sounds and neon lights to the rescheduled date at The Waterfront Studios last night.

The Islas supporting Fickle Friends at The Watefront Studio in Norwich on 26th March 2018. Photo: Ross HallsThe Islas supporting Fickle Friends at The Watefront Studio in Norwich on 26th March 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

The first support act to grace the stage was Norwich’s very own The Islas who brought their upbeat rhythms and delicate melodies to The Waterfront with a decent crowd turning out for them.

They are very much in their infant stages, but it’s clear to see that they will thrive together. They loved it on stage and song by song they caught the audience’s attention with their experimental guitar sounds.

Lead singer Nathan Baverstock’s stage presence was great as he radiated an aura of confidence as his baritone voice echoed through the venue.

Swimming Girls supporting Fickle Friends at The Watefront Studio in Norwich on 26th March 2018. Photo: Ross HallsSwimming Girls supporting Fickle Friends at The Watefront Studio in Norwich on 26th March 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

The second support came in the form of dark dream-pop four piece Swimming Girls. They brought new wave synths and a haim-esque sound to the stage.

A surprise support act for the evening, the Bristol based four piece warmed things up nicely for the headliners with their perfect pop and brooding sound. It also had the warmth and nostalgia of 70s and 80s pop, drawing on the likes of Cyndi Lauper and The Cranberries.

It’s safe to say that plenty of the audience will be checking them out after the gig with their song ‘Taste Like Money’ going down very well with the nearly sold out venue.

After a substantial wait between Swimming Girls and Fickle Friends, it was time for the headline of the evening. As the lights dimmed, Fickle Friends arrived on stage and got straight down to business.

The night showcased everything this five piece act has to offer from lead singer Natti Shiner’s witty personality, to the band’s collection of steamy bass lines, plenty of synths and a stage decked out with palm trees for the vibrant show.

Shiner apologized for cancelling the previous show and asked if anybody had gone to Epic Studios where the old show was due to be held. Some of the crowd replied “yes” which got plenty of laughs from the crowd as Shiner quickly reminisced about the group’s last visit to The Waterfront Studios.

Fickle Friends performing at The Watefront Studio in Norwich on 26th March 2018. Photo: Ross HallsFickle Friends performing at The Watefront Studio in Norwich on 26th March 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

Formed in 2013, the band showcased several songs off of their debut album, hitting it off with the crowd with older tracks like ‘Swim’ and ‘Play’ which received great reactions as fans danced and sang along to the tracks.

It was hard to take your eyes off of lead singer Natti as she strutted and bounced all over the stage in full flow.

It was a night filled with joy and appreciation as the band enjoyed every moment on stage, eager to engage with their fans.

Fickle Friends are capable of making any evening feel like a summer’s night as Natti brought upbeat vocals and catchy melodies making for a nice evening.

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