Sofar Sounds: London 08/02
As one of tonight’s artists Laurie Bolger described it, Sofar Sounds is “a load of strangers sitting in a box in the most isolated city” attentively listening to the secret line-up presented to them by the legendary Sofar Sounds London team.
Tonight was a night of first-time performers for Sofar, in what was my favourite Sofar gig that I’ve seen yet. Coventry based 22-year-old Jordan Mackampa opened the night; a really soft, chill acoustic guitar and vocals vibe. Encouraging some good old audience participation with clicks, as out-of-time as the audience was, it still gave the community and togetherness vibe that Sofar is. He also performed his newest song ‘Same Faces’ - released just yesterday!
Laurie Bolger (“like a soldier”) continued the night. The first poet I’ve ever seen at Sofar Sounds, and it was such a refreshing performance! With much booze being spoken about of course, Laurie gave a really honest and beautiful performance - my favourite line of her’s definitely being from her poem ‘Booze Of You’ “He loves me he loves me not, diamond ring, vodka shot” - how much do we all feel like that at some point in our lives?! Her poem ‘For Jess’ was based on stories from the locals of The Ivy House in Peckham - I loved how she shared the writing process and the stories behind her work, which made it all the better! Passport To Stockholm’s frontman described her as “a younger more attractive version of Mike Skinner.” (And remember to check out Laurie’s Roundhouse Radio show on Sunday evening!)
The aforementioned Passport To Stockholm closed last night’s Sofar. The “cello infused pop” as they described themselves was really quite great. Firstly, any indie/pop band that can include strings in their set is an automatic favourite of mine - the cello being an integral part of their sound - the cello part being my favourite in their song ‘What Have We Done.’ Last night was the first time they had ever performed their song ‘Kingdom Come’ off their next EP too - safe to say I’m looking forward to it! On top of the cello, their line-up was really interested, including a harmonica, crazy heavy bass line (which vibrates A LOT when the whole audience is sitting on the floor), and a really creative percussionist.
As frontman Barny described Sofar, ‘it’s really rare to see people stop and listen to music.’ My conclusion is COME TO SOFAR SOUNDS because it’s a beauty.