INAH DELA CRUZ AND SARA DA SILVA
“Say something I'm giving up on you”. Yes, that one song you've been hearing this whole year. You might be tired of hearing that song already but we're here to tell you that A Great Big World is not a one-hit wonder.
As a part of their European tour, A Great Big World performed at Bush Hall in Shepherd's Bush on the 7th of October. The night started off with Violet Skies taking the stage as A Great Big World's special guests. Whilst usually disappointed by opening acts we were pleasantly surprised.
Violet Skies is an alternative singer/songwriter signed to Awkward Records, who also happened to have performed at this year's Glastonbury festival.
She sang songs from her EP Dragons and Through the Other Side, as well as some new ones and a cover of Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud. She was very comfortable up on stage and embraced the audience very well. Her music is very different to what is normally played on the radio, and different to what we'd expect as A Great Big World's opening act. Her performance was a great way to start off the beginning of a truly wonderful evening.
Now, on to the main event.
A Great Big World, made up of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, is a New York based band whose songs were featured in So You Think You Can Dance and Glee. Their career really skyrocketed when Christina Aguilera contacted them asking to collaborate with them on Say Something.
To our amazement A Great Big World's set started off with The Lion King's 'The Circle of Life', a song that everyone belted along to. Although we were already excited to see them, having “The Circle of Life” play loudly before they graced us with their presence really pumped up the audience.
They played every song from their album Is There Anybody Out There, including Say Something and their newest single Already Home.
The evening consisted of confetti cannons, sing-a-longs and tears. Yes, tears. A Great Big World really know how to connect to their audience through their relatable lyrics and stage presence. Shout out to the rest of the band members, especially Oscar Rodriguez, guitarist for the band, who was still playing exceptionally well even with an injury.
At the end of the gig we waited to meet Ian and Chad who graciously talked to and took photos with each and every fan. It was great to see that even after playing a long set they took the time to get to know and have conversations with us.
If, for some strange reason, you haven't heard of A Great Big World yet then we urge you to do it. Now.