18th April 2019
Review By: Natalie Lloyd-Shaw
Photography By: Natalie Lloyd-Shaw
It’s the Thursday before the Easter weekend, everyone is already pumped to spend the next few days eating as much chocolate they can get their hands on. The Garage in Islington is full of people lucky enough to blag themselves a ticket for Set It Off’s sold out EU tour, tonight was the last show for the UK run. Up first was Bearings, the indie/pop-punk outfit from Canada. This was their first UK show but they did not disappoint. They played an incredible set really getting the crowd ready to go. You could really feel the happiness they were feeling from the big smiles on their faces to the warmth the crowd showed towards them.
Next up we had Vukovi. The Scottish self-declared noisy pop-rock band really knew how to get the crowd going. Their lead singer Janine radiated with love for the fans, spending most of her time stood at the barrier singing with them.
At one point he handed the mic to a fan and watched them sing with such a beaming smile on her face. You could really see the connection she felt with the crowd. Not wanting to refuse any fans from seeing her perform she jokingly shouted to her crew ‘get the box, get the box’ which she stood on in the middle of the crowd to sing their last song.
With Janine spending most of her time in the crowd this didn’t stop the rest of the band from giving off great energy. Martin on drums and Hamish on guitar, both with hair flipping throughout the whole gig, you could really see them enjoying every moment. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch them this time, they’re headlining the Underworld Camden on June 4th.
After Bearings and Vukovi the crowd were raring to go, the atmosphere of the room was full of energy and anticipation. The fill music soon faded out and the room went silent, then over the speakers ‘two minutes to midnight’ sent the crowd wild with screams.
Set It Off kicked off the show with Lonely Dance, the second single from their latest album ‘Midnight’. Everyone was quick to sing along, wanting to show as much love as they could which was happily received from the guys with smiles glowing on their faces.
Set It Off really know how to put on a show and give off so much energy, never letting up. Wanting to play as many songs as they can, they did a few medleys ranging from their new hits mixed with some of their older songs, all greatly received.
As well as a medley of their own songs, Max played a drum solo to a mix of different anthems from the classic Toxic by Britney to the recent pop craze 7 Rings, and not forgetting to slip Baby Shark into the mix. Max was really channelling Travis Barker in his solo, absolutely killing it.
Cody and Danny wanted their own time in the spotlight, having a friendly little riff-off between each other with Danny on the trumpet and Cody on the saxophone in the middle of Upside Down, showing that they have as much love for each other as they do for their fans.
They finished the show off with Midnight Thoughts. With an empty stage, the crowd clearly weren’t ready for it to end, chanting for them to come back on stage.
The band clearly felt the same, jumping back on stage to finish off the show with their classics Partners in Crime and Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.
To play the band off stage and the fans out the door Unwritten played out the speakers, giving the atmosphere even more of a loving feeling. Set it Off are definitely one of those bands you need to see live, they really do know how to put on an amazing show.
Set it Off Set List:
- Lonely Dance
- Criminal Minds
- Killer in The Mirror
- For You Forever
- Unopened Windows
- Upside Down
- Dancing with the Devil
- The Haunting
- Dream Catcher / No Disrespect / Ancient History / Bleak December / Admit It / Miss Mysterious / I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead / Swan Song / Forever Stuck in Our Youth
- Why Worry
- Midnight Thoughts
- Partners in Crime
- Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing