Citadel Review


Citadel’s debut year saw the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard descended on London’s Victoria Park. While last year saw Foals headline with a strong supporting line-up including Twin Peaks, Bonobo and Maggie Rogers. In order to keep their momentum going Citadel enlisted the likes of Tame Impala, Leon Bridges and Honne, among many others.

Citadel’s new home of Gunnersbury Park provided the perfect setting to enjoy the beautiful weather with a whole host of events, art and stalls to perfectly complement the day’s music. Taking refuge in the Community Tent, a whole host of fans were infused by breath-taking sets by Isaac Gracie and Dermot Kennedy.

With only half an hour sets apiece, many of their most loved tracks weren’t given an outing. Nevertheless, both artists demonstrated why they’re two of the most exciting live acts in the UK. What these two artists manage to do is combine innovative production with heartfelt, poignant lyricism to create compelling pieces of art.

Over on the main stage, Chvrches played an astonishing set treating fans to their most-loved hits. The Scottish band recently added live drums giving their set an amazing injection of energy, making their live show even more unmissable. Songs from their recently released album Love Is Dead perfectly intertwined with their prior hits, leaving the devoted audience bewitched by their electro-pop power.

Wrapping up the main stage was the magnificent Leon Bridges, who compelled with a set drawing from both his breakout debut record and new release ‘Good Thing’. While staying faithful to his soul roots, throughout his set Leon Bridges embraces textures of modern R&B, Neo-Soul, Funk and Pop with amazing delivery and confidence. His talent is undeniable and watching him perform makes you feel as though you’re watching a legend in the making.

Tame Impala delivered an impeccable set, combing interesting otherworldly production with their beloved tracks. Their set felt like a victory lap for this last record Currents, with the fantastic ‘Let It Happen’, along with ‘The Less I Know The Better’, ‘Yes I’m Changing’, ‘New Person, Same Mistakes’ and more, getting an outing on the main stage.

Saving their track Feels Like We Only Go Backwards for their encore was a masterful move, whipping the crowd up into a crazy, passionate euphoria. As the crowds rushed home, it was evident that the band had provided a perfect ending to a day filled to the brim with awe-inspiring artists and sunshine.

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