Tuesday Tunes: Imagine Dragons Concert Review

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Imagine Dragons

I recently had the chance to see Imagine Dragons play at Bristol’s O2 Academy (1,800 capacity venue) with my husband and two teenagers. (Loran wrote about the band here.) I had seen the band last year in an even smaller venue for their first tour of the UK, and I knew my boys would love to see them live too. As it was the first standing concert for my children, I wanted to make sure they had a good experience and managed to secure front row spots. (You have to be prepared to queue for hours…which I did while my husband took the boys out for pizza!)

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It was fascinating to my boys to see the set up of all the instruments and watch the roadies switch gear from the support act to the main, especially for my eldest who likes to dabble with the guitar. An Imagine Dragons gig is a non-stop indie rock experience; from the moment they come on stage until they leave, you are filled with their energy and enthusiasm. The songs are very much drum and guitar led, and are so infectious you can’t help but become immersed in the music and sing, jump, and dance your way through the set. (Unless you’re my eldest child, who doesn’t dance to anything!)

Dan Reynolds

After a fabulous guitar intro, the band started off the set with ‘Round and Round’, which got the audience going immediately. The band were quite surprised at how well the crowd knew all the lyrics, and how enthusiastically they responded to the music. Lead singer Dan Reynolds is captivating, he sings with such intensity and passion, and doesn’t hold back. He even managed to split the large drum open during one of the songs, he’s that into it:

broken drum

The favourite songs of the night, according to my boys, were ‘Amsterdam’, ‘Radioactive’, ‘Underdog’, ‘On Top of the World’, and ‘It’s time’. There is a great sound that this band have live, that I don’t think is quite captured in their album. Don’t get me wrong, I love their album, but if you get a chance to see them live you will see what I mean, it’s very special. At the end of the show, the band handed out their printed set lists to the audience, and they made sure that my boys each had a copy as a memento of their evening. Isn’t that just sweet? The children later declared that night to be ‘The best night ever!’

imagine dragons night visions

Imagine Dragons’ album ‘Night Visions‘ is out now in the UK. (It debuted at number 2 in the album charts last weekend!)

4 Comments Add yours

  1. loz says:

    I love that you took Ben and Ethan. I think they are coming to Utah again this year. I’ll have to see if I can go.

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    1. naemiles says:

      They loved it, and had such a great time! I did spend the gig protecting Ethan from the crowd though, because when they jump up and down everyone moves forward. Which is fine if you’re an average size adult, but he isn’t yet! (Ben is taller than me and James so he was fine!) I had to stand behind Ethan with my arms either side of him grabbing the barrier, and literally holding back the crowd from pushing into us. I don’t know how I did it for a hour and a half, but he ended up with plenty of room to move and didn’t get squashed. I discovered my superhuman mamapower! (The security guard even gave me a thumbs up, he was surprised I could keep the crowd back! I should work in security…)

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  2. loz says:

    Reblogged this on Hoo Mah Music.

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