So on a couple of weeks ago I got persuaded to go to Camden. Not only is Camden 10 stops on the Northern line from where I live (so Camden is practically Manchester to me) but it is also Camden. What’s more is that I got persuaded to go to Koko (hello massively overpriced drinks) for Club NME; an indie club night that is no longer an indie club night. A bit like this but without the waterdown vodka and on a much larger scale. If I was feeling any doubt in the bands playing tonight and was not a few whiskys down, I would have definitely been feeling a little sour.
We entered the beautiful building, grabbed a quick drink and then it was time for New York based support band, Ambassadors to take to the stage. Within their possession were pockets full of energy as they bust into their upbeat indie pop ditties that were actually slightly reminiscent of Local Natives’ debut but without the folk edge. My favourite thing about their performance has to be the front man’s use of the drums. I’m a sucker for any band that has two drummers; especially singing drummers. It worked so incredibly well and the band played a rather tight set.
Next up headlining were, Walk The Moon who brought their uplifting pop corkers to the Koko stage. The band consistently threw out future pop hits to the young, drunken audience who jumped about like maniacs to every song. I expect to see big things come from this band in the near future. The band proved that they definitely have way more indie tinged pop belters under their sleeves than ‘Anna Sun.’
So, there you have it. It was worth the epic mission to North London, the spilt pints and being called ‘The Child Catcher’ by a 4 foot tall teenager after all. I have no doubt that these bands will be doing big things within the next six months.
Words: Katie Wilkinson
Photos: Lauren Keogh