Metronomy @ Bicycle Film Festival 14/10/10

I love cycling (and bikes in general for that matter) so when I was invited to see Metronomy at the opening night of the Bicycle film festival I jumped at the chance. *Note to self – When attending The Bicycle Film Festival next year take your bike! I opted for public transport (as I figured I’d be drinking) – MASSIVE FAIL! It took me over an hour to get to the Barbican from Tottenham Court road due to a bomb scare and signal failure – FML

Now in it’s tenth year The Bicycle Film Festival features a plethora of two wheel related goodness over four days with a showcase of new shorts, live performances, features and some archive treats about everything bike!

Once we arrived at the Barbican Center it took us a little while to navigate to where we should be (the place is huge) but after receiving some good directions from a helpful stranger we were on our way. Unfortunately the public transport problems earlier in the evening meant we missed the DJ set from the mysterious masked producer SBTRKT, and after a quick drink it was time to check out the evening’s headliners, Metronomy.

As we entered the auditorium I was surprised to see that it would be a seated gig; going to watch a band and sitting down doesn’t feel quite right. We found our seats and shortly after Metronomy came on stage complete with their (now trademark) Iron-Man style illuminated chest pieces. A few songs in and the atmosphere was there with foot tapping bass, keyboards, synth and drums filling the room (along with some fantastic bicycle inspired visuals  from illustrator/Director Ferry Gouw) but with everyone being seated something about it just felt that bit too formal. Lead singer Joseph Mount obviously felt it too and encouraged the audience to stand up – which we did en masse and suddenly we were at a proper gig, with everyone dancing and generally being happy as the Indie/Electro four piece mixed their back catalogue of hits with new material from their forthcoming third album, all of which went down well with the now vertical audience.

From there the set seemed to go pretty quickly and the next thing I knew the audience were cheering for an encore, Metronomy responded with Some Written and Radio Ladio, which sent the crowd into a rapturous applause!

Special thanks to the guys at Paul Frank for the invite, I’m already looking forward to next year.


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