On Saturday night, rock duo Royal Blood graced the House of Vans stage to play out one final gig of the year. Boasting a sell-out European tour and a second studio album, it's been an incredibly busy year for these Brighton friends but as frontman, Mike told audience members "after playing 150 gigs... nothing beats the energy in here [House of Vans]. It's like we're at one big house party", and that's exactly what the weekend was - one big house party. Read below as we talk through our highlights from Saturday's performance.
Doors opened at 7pm, as revelers began to queue up outside our iconic Leake Street entrance. With the mosher's at the ready, the excitement in the air was electric. The anticipation that in less than two hours tunnel 3 would be hosting our biggest gig of the year.
Moving into the venue and attendees were greeted with an array of projections taken from the bands recent How Did We Get So Dark?
album, which looped continuously throughout the night in our skatepark. Into tunnel 2 next and DJ Howard K set the evening off with a selection of R&B classics which saw partygoers really get into the mood.
An hour in and SESSIONS veterans Black Honey took to the stage for an indie rock set ahead of the night's main attraction. Lead singer Izzy was aptly dressed in a checkered mini skirt with matching old skool's. With the crowd warmed up and ready, a quick peek backstage to the Royal Blood dressing room where a bouncing Ben and calm Mike said one final chant. A nod from the stage manager and it was time.
Crowd chants are met with sudden silence as drummer Ben waits to open up the show. A sudden crescendo of sound fills the tunnel, as audience members look around in mutual agreement and the knowledge that we are in for a corker of a show. Director Paul Dugdale's livestream cameras carefully pan around the room, capturing every moment and sound of this spectacular music event. A euphoric mix of light and sound, as well as the unwavering energy of the audience, makes for an unforgettable 75-minute set.
What a brilliant end to such an amazing year here at House of Vans London. Photo credits to James North and James Bryant
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