Visiting The Wedgewood Rooms for a matinee show is a rare opportunity for me, but I have to say on a Sunday, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was a treat to not be so knackered the next day for work! Easy Life, with special guest Berwyn were on the bill, playing two sold-out shows in one day.
Entering the venue, after queuing for a short while, I was surprised to see how big the crowd was already, without any acts starting, all huddled as close to the barrier as they could get.
Trinidad-born, London based singer and rapper Berwyn enters the stage with his band. He advises the crowd that he’s wearing his sliders and that we are going to have a chilled one. Blasting his sombre hip-hop beats and compelling lyrics of his journey so far through life, he really captivated the crowd. Before he leaves the stage, he informs us that he has been nominated for a MOBO for ‘Best Newcomer’ and urges the crowd to go vote for him.
After a brief break, Easy Life make their way onto the stage, with the crowd bellowing their excitement back to them in high spirits for the eagerly anticipated indie/R&B group. Providing us with mellow melodic jams and catchy hooks, Easy Life start things off with their 2017 debut single ‘Pockets, with other tracks from their most recent release ‘Life’s A Beach’, including a couple of my favourites, ‘Have A Nice Day’, ‘Ocean View’ & ‘Skeletons’.
After a brief break, Easy Life make their way onto the stage, with the crowd bellowing their excitement back to them in high spirits for the eagerly anticipated indie/R&B group.
Towards the end of their set, the lead singer Murray Matravers asks the crowd very politely if he could stage dive, to which the crowd could not deny this request. I’ve noticed from his past few shows around the UK that this is a common theme, as they like to post videos and photos on their Instagram page from different venues of Murray stage diving and crowd surfing, having the time of his life! I have to say, I think they were the happiest band I’ve ever seen live. Each and every member of the group had smiles plastered on their faces throughout the whole set. Oozing a chilled and down to earth vibe, they succeeded in flipping a usually very dreary Sunday for me, upside down and into an upbeat and memorable afternoon. And I still had time to go for a roast dinner afterwards, unbeatable.
Our photographer, Mark Butler, was present for the evening show and said, “The band clearly have a very loyal fan base who follow them closely, the evening almost felt like a community spirit that was great to see after a long time where bands and gig goers were unable to share in that sense of coming together.”
Photos: Mark Butler