Since their debut over 10 years ago, Razorlight have dipped in and out of the British music scene. With a brand new album and massive tour, Razorlight’s return is nothing short of incredible. At the O2 Forum in Kentish Town they played to a sold out venue. Lead singer Johnny Borrell is a natural born performer. He entirely captured the crowd, thrashing and dancing about the stage all while sounding pitch perfect. I’ve never seen an act sound so close live to the records they produce, and yet Razorlight were almost note for note perfect. Of course there was flair and some crowd work to make the songs and show more dynamic, but on the whole Razorlight were spot on sound wise. Razorlight’s return is triumphant, bombastic, and explosive. They deserve every praise they can get from these shows.
The O2 Forum in Kentish Town is great. There’s no way around it. It puts on some of the best shows in London each year, always has incredible crowds, and you can buy a double pint so that you don’t have to leave your space. I’d even say its got some of the best ventilation of most London venues, unlike the Electric in Brixton which feels like a humid hell.
The crowd at Razorlight’s show were good. I can’t say the best, but they weren’t bad and to me that’s important. There was a lot of dancing, a lot of jumping, and a couple people on shoulders. One of the few shows where I didn’t see a crowdsurfer, but one of the few shows where there was no clear majority demographic. Plenty of people in their 30s and above, plenty of people at the middle front who were teenagers. By all accounts it was a diverse crowd and no one was seriously hurt so it seems like a great success!
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