Tuesday 12 September 2023

Live Review: The Big Moon, Hangar 18 Swansea 08 Septemebr 2023

As part of The National Lottery's United By Music tour, in collaboration with Music Venue Trust, London four-piece The Big Moon played their debut Swansea show making it one not to forget.

Opening promptly with Wide Eyes, the band delivered a harmonious set filled with their delightful charm and quirky crowd interactions throughout. With three albums to now choose from, picking a set list that captures everything they're about is a feat not for the faint hearted, but it's one taken in their laid back stride. 

Meandering their way through an energetic set, the soft and subtle tones soon made their way to the forefront as singer Juliette Jackson, guitarist Soph Nathan and bassist Celia Archer took part in a blissful 3-part harmony acapella. 

It's not long before drummer Fern Ford quickly got the pace going again as skittering percussion and synth pad keys had the crowd's energy amped and primed as flailing bodies jumped around in the confined space. By the time the melancholy My Very Best rolled around, arms were swaying in all of its anthemic glory as Jackson laments "I did it all for you" in the most emotively charged ways.

Tonight is all about supporting independent venues though, and the band played homage to that in their adorned style, celebrating the brilliance of them - also, with a quick nod to our local Indian takeaway and Aldi superstore for good measure. 

Rolling through their hits, as quickly as the evening began, the band are off stage returning for a 2 track encore, much to the disappointment of fans who cried for one more song. It's safe to say, time flies when you're having fun. And The Big Moon sure know a thing or two about entertaining en masse. For a group on this kind of trajectory, it was a privilege to catch them at such an intimate venue

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