First on is Essex quartet Rat Boy, their southern charm combined with their hip-hop rock sound gets the crowd warmed up nicely for the remaining two acts of the evening: Gengahr and of course Circa Waves. Gengahr make their entrance at about 8:30pm and play melodic guitar-pop.
At precisely 9:36pm Circa Waves coming bounding onto stage, pick up their guitars and begin throwing themselves about the stage playing the title track of their debut album ‘Young Chasers’ after making such an entrance, lead singer Kieran Shudall introduces the second song of the night as ‘Good For Me’ this whips up a frenzy both onstage and in the crowd, the shouts of ‘Good for me, good for me!’ fill the whole room.
There’s a true mix of ages in The Leadmill tonight, from your usual fangirls and indie boys to older people in the crowd. A quick shout of ‘Hello Sheffield’ leads into ‘So Long’ another recent single from the band and then ‘100 Strangers’ sends the crowd crazy. After a few more songs the band introduce another new song from the album called ‘Catch My Breath’. It allows the crowd to do the exact opposite as they continue to resemble pogo sticks all the way along the barrier- trying to grab at members of the band as they tease and lean forward into the sea of people.
It’s clear to see that Circa Waves enjoy their shows just as much as the crowd do and their energy is obviously infectious as the crowd feed off it for the whole show. They hammer the intro to most recent single: ‘T-Shirt Weather’ which creates the perfect excuse for a pit and the crowd happily go along with it- the gig surges into absolute chaos but it’s so much fun.
After oldie- but a goodie ‘Stuck In My Teeth’ finishes the band leave stage but make a swift return to play ‘101’ and then finish their hectic gig with ‘Get Away’, it’s the last song of the night and Circa Waves throw everything they have at it, as soon as the pit opens again, it’s time for it to close as the band leave stage. An exhausted Kieran gasps into his mic “We’ll see you very soon Sheffield…”