Live Review: Mindless Behavior
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Watching Mindless Behavior play a sold-out London show at Indigo2 should have been a joyous affair. With a fan demographic comparable to that of Justin Bieber, for team mindless it scarcely matters that the quartet look like they should be out playing hopscotch. What does matter tonight is that they’re cool, receptive and able to rock the stage with the swagger and confidence befitting for their adoring fans. I arrive at the venue to a hoard of screaming girls waiting eagerly to get inside. I am too short to see over the large crowd, but the unvarying and piercing sound of screams overhead churn a blast of anxiety inside of me. If this is the calm before the storm, what on earth am I about to walk into? Inside the venue, I stand at the back and make small talk with the barman away from the swarming mass of young girls forming at the front of the stage, and he tells me that they have been queuing since 7am. “It’s crazy," he says, pouring me some wine. He's generally taken aback by the hysteria; I wonder what all the fuss is about. The parents stand together at the rear end of the venue sipping alcoholic beverages as their screaming children caterwaul in shrill voices showing little sign of calming down. And yet, I can’t condemn them for it. In a 13-hour waiting game, it's inevitable that kids will demonstrate a fatigued outburst of unrest and parents will signal a retreat to the beer garden. The weight of the distress is definitely felt by the boys’ management, though. The stage is full of around 6 stage crew, managers and who-knows-who trying to restrain the uproarious crowd, and as a result the atmosphere is more than a little chaotic. At least the parents say more to me than they did outside, enraged by the tedious wait and lack of control displayed by the event organisers.
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