Making their return to London, NAATIONS joined Peking Duk on their whirlwind European tour, playing at Electric Brixton. The up-and-coming Australian duo kicked off the evening with the seamless combination of Nat Dunn’s smooth vocals and DJ, Nicky Night Time’s mesmerising drum & bass beat. No confetti, smoke machines or contrived dance moves needed for Nat Dunn to attract the crowd’s attention and own the stage with her soulful voice – Not to fear, these boxes were certainly ticked later by the headliners where it seemed there would be no end to these special effects and interesting dance moves.
Even if you have yet to hear of NAATIONS, you will have inadvertently come across their genius on the likes of “Real Life”, a collaboration with 90s-house revivalists, Gorgon City and Duke Dumont, as well as their brooding remix of Crooked Colours’ “Perfect Run”. Following the success of “Friends” – a song co-written by Nat Dunn with Marshmellow and the UK’s biggest-selling breakthrough artist Anne-Marie, there seems to be no slowing down for NAATIONS who will be joining Anne-Marie for her Australian tour. Don’t take this lightly when I say that these guys really are ones to watch and they will surely be headlining in no time.
The night continued with Peking Duk, who did not fail to disappoint what felt like the entire Australian population of London, who descended upon Brixton that night to enjoy a little taste of home. It was everything you could have wanted from a live performance. They got us lost in exhilarating drops, broke out into a dodgy dance routine, treated everyone to a surprise appearance from none other than AlunaGeorge and of course had the girls swooning over a shirtless Adam Hyde strumming away at his guitar.
Regardless of how you feel about these two, you cannot fault Hyde’s energy and stage presence. Hyde effortlessly conducted the crowd through each song, where at one point the whole venue dropped to the floor in preparation to erupt, on Hyde’s count, to the chorus of their rendition of the White Stripes’ “7 Nation Army”. The fan favourite, “High” had the room uninhibited with gig-goers wildly throwing their hands in the air, whilst “Stranger” made for an explosive finish, leaving the crowd on an invigorating high. If this performance couldn’t put you into a feel-good mood, getting you ready for dancing into the wee hours then I’m not sure what will.
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