Brixton O2 Academy
For the first night of two in a row, the genre-busting duo are playing the legendary London town of Brixton. And for the first night of two in a row, Brixton is ready for them. I went with my (originally reluctant) friend Connor, who braved the cold with me, ready for one hell of a gig.
With this date added due to popular demand, the atmosphere is already electric. Getting into the venue, I’m seeing a whole lot of teenage girls. And the screams. Oh my God, louder than that time I saw JLS. (okay, they were cool at the time and it might have been more than once.)
As the band bowled out onto the stage, I couldn’t hear one word of opening track, Heavydirtysoul coming from singer Tyler Joseph, it was all being sung back to him by the couple thousand of devoted fans stood before him.
As a two man band, I’ve never seen such a spectacle. The boys certainly know how to put on a show and get the crowd involved. Or get involved with the crowd as they make frequent visits into the audience.
For me, there were three stand-out songs of the night. Lane Boy, literally just because is was so much fun. I knew it would be something special but the hold the pair have over the crowd is phenomenal. They had me crouch to the ground after leg day, and that is a special dedication, let me tell you. The crowd, the pyros and the band all lost it and it was incredible (and tiring). I also probably jumped on Connor’s feet a lot. Sorry mate. Followed by a drum solo from drummer Joshua Dunn, who thoughtfully played topless. And ladies and gents, he is hot.
My other two stand-out tracks were both in the encore. Goner is already a super-emotional and raw song and Tyler definitely did not hold back. Beginning to close the show, it was a glorious way to slow things down. The pivotal moment of the song was one of the best live moments I’ve seen, as if it was one last push of the performance of a lifetime. Except it still wasn’t over. These boys just don’t quit.
The final song of the night was Trees. I’ll be honest, while this song is brilliant, it’s not one of my ultimate favourites. However they definitely proved why it’s a resounding fan favourite. Deciding that the stage was simply too far away from their audience, they decided it was time get ON TOP of it. Bringing a drum each, they performed atop the Brixton crowd, under the falling confetti and placed twenty one pilots firmly at the top of the list of rising stars.
Closing the show, and the first night of the Blurryface Tour’s visit to Brixton O2 Academy, I’ve never seen happiness or emotion on a band’s faces like this. Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dunn, you’ve done yourselves proud.