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[Review] Nothing But Thieves @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney 30/04/2024

Conor Mason, Joe Langridge-Brown, Dominic Craik, Philip Blake, and James Price, collectively known as Nothing But Thieves, blew the roof off The Hordern Pavilion, kicking off their tour in a rainy Sydney with a performance that was nothing short of spectacular. As the first show of their Welcome to The DCC Pt2 tour and with the entire Dead Club City album under their belt, anticipation ran high, the band delivered an unforgettable evening.

A prerecorded call on the speakers to “Give it up for Nothing but Thieves” set the tone for the night – one of unbridled passion and raw talent. Despite it being less than 12 months since the Essex lads sold out an Aussie run, the atmosphere crackled with energy from the moment the band took the stage, opening with the anthemic Welcome to the DCC that immediately had the crowd on their feet.

The setlist was a carefully curated blend of fan favorites and tracks from Dead Club City, showcasing the band’s evolution over the years. Songs like Is Everybody Going Crazy? and Sorry resonated deeply with the audience, their infectious melodies and powerful lyrics stirring emotions.

One of the highlights of the evening was the performance of Lover Please Stay, a ballad that hadn’t been played live in quite some time. The intimate moment, with Langridge-Brown seated on the drum riser and Mason bathed in spotlight, was a poignant reminder of the band’s versatility and emotional depth.

As the night progressed, the energy only intensified, with tracks like Trip Switch and Futureproof sending the crowd into a frenzy of limbs. The unexpected appearance of a rogue balloon floating above the pit, only to conjure Pop the Balloon added to the excitement, with Blake’s bass reverberating through our chests.

For the encore, Nothing But Thieves treated us to a raucous rendition of Oh No :: He Said What?, exuding Michael Jackson Thriller vibes that had everyone dancing. Mason giggled on the microphone saying “if we enjoyed that, you’ll LOVE the next” as they kicked into gear with crowd favourite Amsterdam.

Throughout the night, Nothing But Thieves demonstrated why they are one of the most captivating live acts in the industry and why Aussies flood to their shows. Their musicianship was impeccable, their stage presence magnetic, and their connection with the audience palpable. Many times throughout the performance I found myself blown away with Mason’s vocal technique and talent.

During the final song, Overcome, I couldn’t help but notice the heartwarming sight of friends, lovers, siblings, and even newfound companions grabbing each other to dance together. In that moment, the music united us all, transcending barriers and differences. It was a fleeting yet profound instance where everything in the world felt perfect, and nothing could dim the brilliance of that moment. Overcome served as a powerful shot of positivity, reminding us all of the transformative power of music and its ability to bring people together in harmony.

With their Dead Club City tour in full swing, Nothing But Thieves have once again proven why they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of alternative rock. Brisbane and Auckland are already sold out! If you have the chance to catch them live, don’t hesitate – it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

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NOTHING BUT THIEVES ANNOUNCE 2024 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Australia, are you ready for round 2? While it’s been less than a year since beloved UK alt-rockers Nothing But Thieves were last down under for an entirely sold out run, the band are returning to Australia this April and May to finish what they started last year.

Presented by XIII Touring, Untitled Group, triple j as well as Wasserman Music and War Road Management, for the second Australian leg of their Dead Club City World tour in 2024, Nothing But Thieves will be exploding onto stages in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide before heading to Auckland; but this time they’ll also be armed with the entire Dead Club City album out in the world, as well as some brand new music courtesy of the recently announced Dead Club City Deluxe edition.

An album that dazzles in disco hues, experimental funk, soaring synths, scorching riffs and mesmerising melodics, Dead Club City is undoubtedly the most intoxicating and innovative addition to the Nothing But Thieves universe to date. But beneath the pop glimmers and blistering soundscapes percolating throughout Dead Club City, a socially conscious core also lies in wait, seamlessly balancing real-world meaning alongside its fantastical overarching concept.

Securing Nothing But Thieves their second Top 10 ARIA Album and first #1 UK Album, produced by guitarist Dom Craik along with co-producer Jonathan Gilmore, Dead Club City follows on from the band’s LP Moral Panic, and subsequent EP Moral Panic II. And while plans to tour Moral Panic at the time of its release were curtailed by the global you-know-what, Nothing But Thieves‘ 2023 visit to Australia allowed the band and fans to celebrate moments of Moral Panic and Moral Panic II in live setting, as well fresh Dead Club City cuts, including Welcome to the DCC and City Haunts.

Now with a heightened repertoire to choose from in 2024, including the entirety of Dead Club City and the brand new bonus single Oh No :: He Said What?, Australia is set to once again experience the astonishing live prowess of Nothing But Thieves, which has previously seen the group headline arenas, tour alongside the likes of The Rolling Stones and Muse, and collectively cause Australian crowds to fall head-over-heels time and time again with their eclectic and explosive creations.

Come and experience the technicolour cosmos of Dead Club City and Nothing But Thieves as you’ve never seen them before this April and May – you absolutely won’t want to miss a moment.

Early Bird Pre-Sale Tickets On Sale: Wednesday 7 February @ 12pm local time

To Gain Early Ticket Access Register Here -> https://arep.co/m/nbts24

General Tickets On Sale: Thursday 8 February @ 12am local time
Tickets from https://www.untitledgroup.com.au/tours/nothing-but-thieves—welcome-to-the-dcc-world-tour-part-2

XIII Touring, Untitled Group, triple j, Wasserman Music & War Road Management Presents

NOTHING BUT THIEVES
WELCOME TO THE DCC AUSTRALIAN 2024 TOUR

TUESDAY 30 APRIL – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY
WEDNESDAY 1 MAY – FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE
SATURDAY 4 MAY – MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE
TUESDAY 7 MAY – HINDLEY STREET MUSIC HALL, ADELAIDE
THURSDAY 9 MAY – THE POWERSTATION, AUCKLAND

Tickets from https://www.untitledgroup.com.au/tours/nothing-but-thieves—welcome-to-the-dcc-world-tour-part-2

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