Wolf Alice had a peculiar gig dynamic. They managed to cultivate the feeling of a festival in an hour and a half set – girls on shoulders, drinks in hand, Bohemian atmosphere and singer Ellie Rowsell not really putting in energy but screaming like a rockstar. They managed to create a truly magical atmosphere by including a massive spinning disco ball, as Rowsell waltzed around the stage in a flowing silk dress.
On stage, two Christmas trees, and after the set? Only the finest Christmas tunes. The band stayed and danced with the crowd, shaking hands and throwing the snow-like confetti up into the air. Even the crowd members that stood quietly at the back throughout the performance managed to crack a smile and wade in through the confetti for a little dance.
Even with this Christmas theme, and a moment at the beginning referencing Brexit, no true theme really shone through. Okay, maybe the stagehands were dressed like elves- and sure the confetti was blasted out of cannons like a flurrying snow storm- but it wasn’t a Christmas set. The Brexit references ended as soon as the first speech began and even behind the band the decorations seemed a bit barren.
But, this doesn’t really matter as I never really had time to think about it for too long as the band were captivating with their understated performance. Wolf Alice doesn’t need to move fast around the stage to perform with energy, in fact, they barely need to move at all. Yet, as Wolf Alice end the Visions Of A Life era, you can’t help but admire the gargantuan heights that the band has reached over the past year and a half. An end which has been reached in the most fitting of ways.
Words Chloe Spinks, Photos Ethan Weatherby