28th July | Exchange

After two years in the pipeline, Nicholson Heal’s debut album was finally here. It was a blustery and somewhat overcast evening, I was excited to get to The Exchange and see a stellar line-up of support followed by a rendition of Nicholson Heal’s new material.

The evening began with folksy four-piece, Two Day Coma, performing a set of acoustic driven beats in a Frank Turner style. Brutally-honest lyricism along with heavenly three-part harmonies, ‘If I Wasn’t’ was a fine example of their melancholic style.

Second support on the bill was Emily Isherwood. Having seen her perform previously under her pseudonym, ‘Nugget’, I was excited to hear some new material. Her latest single, ‘Calibrate’ was an emotively-soaked dream, with influences of breezy shoegaze. Nugget classics such as ‘Arcade’ and ‘When The Half Moon Strobes’ were personal highlights. Props to Emily for performing a killer set, as she announced that her tooth had fallen out on the way to the venue. “HERO” was the tribute shouted by an audience member.

After Emily’s set ended, punters flooded the bar area, ready to get some drinks in before the final support act, Katie Pham & The Moonbathers graced the stage. All of a sudden, the lights began to flicker before then completely turning off. No-one was fazed by this and everyone continued to drink and head outside for some fresh air.

After about half an hour of waiting outside, rumours began circulating the smoking shelter (this isn’t a flashback to your Year 12 end-of-year disco). We heard that the amps were working but none of the lights were at all; there was still some hope. Security had evacuated the building at this point and after another half an hour, it was announced that there had been a power cut throughout most of Old Market, and due to health and safety the gig would no longer go on.

The atmosphere was still rather jovial, with one joker shouting ‘refund’ sarcastically. Credit must go to all the staff at The Exchange and security for acting so quickly in the situation. Everyone’s condolences must be with Nicholson Heal, as it was their album launch after all.

Breakfast Records have since announced that the rescheduled date will be September 7th, with free entry for all who attended.