1st October | O2 Academy

In the year of our Lord 2018, we are in the midst of a very new age of music. Genre-benders and blurred-liners are more likely to smash records than artists that ‘stay in their lane’. Across the pond, for example, rap-supergroup-cum-boyband, Brockhampton are set to smash the album charts with their latest release Iridescence and artists like Rihanna innovate their musical (and aesthetic) styles quicker than you can say ‘badgalriri’.

At the other end of the spectrum, we’ve heard cries of ‘rock is dead’ and ‘guitar music is on the demise’. Whatever happened to good ol’ rock and roll? From where we’re standing, however, it’s still alive and kicking.

Last week, Wolf Alice won the Mercury Prize and have quickly become one of the biggest and brightest rock groups in the country. In 2015, they took wee Brighton talents, The Magic Gang under their wing and invited them on tour. Harmonic, coquettish and generally rather loveable, the four-piece ooze unbridled joy (even when they’re crooning about teenage heartbreak).

No tricks or gimmicks – no white rabbits leaping out of top hats or glamorous assistants in sequins and sparkles, just old-fashioned riffs harking back to the straight-edged sounds of The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Oh the four-part harmonies! How we swoon!

Glamorous indie rock ‘n’ roll isn’t dead: find out for yourself and start your October right when The Magic Gang hit Bristol’s O2 Academy on the first of the month, supported by two bands worthy of headline status in their own right, The Orielles and Sports Team.

See the video for ‘Take Care’ here: