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Live Review: Clean Bandit at the Corn Exchange Cambridge (08/03/2015)


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Clean Bandit bought their unique classical-house sound to Cambridge last week.

Clean BanditSupport came from Whilk and Misky and Jess Glyne who provided a perfect lead to the headline set.

Jess Glyne is obviously tied directly to Clean Bandit with her appearance on several of their tracks, but proved that she is a standalone artist.

Glynne began the show with some of her best tracks ‘Right Here’ and ‘Hold My Hand’ as she hyped up the crowd. Glynne is well on her way to forging a solo-career of her own - something her faultless performance hinted she was more than capable of.

As Clean Bandit began it was really Elisabeth Troy who stole the show as she bounced across the stage from beginning to end.

Troy, whilst not a band member, she made the most effort to address the crowd and really stole the limelight which was an odd situation considering it was a Clean Bandit gig.

She danced with such enthusiasm that she left the audience amazed at her ability to hit all her notes perfectly even as she bounced around.

The faultlessness of Troy’s vocals combined with Clean Bandit’s use of drums, keyboards, cellos and other instruments.

As the majority of the band cannot be moved easily they were rooted in position for the majority of the gig. The exception however was Amin-Smith who danced around with his violin to many of their famous songs including ‘Extraordinary’, ‘Come Over’ and ‘A&E’.

The lighting for the show was also pretty incredible with various different lighting and sensors going off continuously throughout each song.

They went for an orange, yellow hue and then quickly switched to a purple and blue blend as the party stated to kick off.

Clean Bandit’s more polite pick ‘n’ mix of UK garage, dubstep and Jamaican dancehall influences and slimmer selection of guest vocalists generated an atmosphere which was jolly rather than carnival-like 

It can’t be denied that Clean Bandit really do know how to get an audience going and by the time the band drew to a close after ‘Rather Be’ the entire audience was on their feet cheering for more.

As the gig reached its finale the crowd stood up and danced round in the aisles of the Corn Exchange.

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