Review & photography by Olivia Sylvester Cox
On the 30th of October, the Manchester synthpop duo, The Ting Tings, kicked off their tour at XOYO, London after a three year break. This small music venue/club welcomes emergent and more famous artists for us music lovers and party goers.
When I arrived at around 8ish, nobody was queueing as the few people were waiting on the other side being told that the doors would not open yet. After 20 minutes, we finally entered and the venue started to fill up gently.
Being a bit late on schedule, the support act Fickle Friends took the stage. Coming from Brighton, the five piece band brought with them some fresh and trendy new-wave sounds. The guitar riffs and beats added to the soft voice of Natassja Shiner giving us powerful and dreamy melodies in songs such as “Swim” and “For You“, which can be downloaded on iTunes. I really liked the fact that the drummer interacted with the audience and that the guitarist had a huge smile on his face at the end of their performance. I am really looking forward to see them grow bigger as I think they have potential and deserve more attention.
As the crowd grew bigger, Jules De Martino sat behind his drums wearing his usual sunglasses. The front woman Katie White arrived in a flashy retro outfit while half of her face was hidden by a mass of curly hair. I admit that before this gig I only knew their two most famous songs and was not really sure what to expect. They introduced their brand new songs and songs like “Do It Again” and “Communication” had a nice disco vibe to them.
I could not say if it was enthusiasm or clumsiness that caused the microphone and bass drum to fall to the floor, but as they admitted and apologised, there was an obvious lack of preparation. This caused them to start over on a couple of songs. Despite the frequent sound adjustments, The Ting Tings managed to make the crowd jump around and sing along to their most popular songs “That’s Not My Name” and “Shut Up and Let Me Go“. With a massive round of applause, the band came back and ended their set with a surprising song by Janet Jackson “The Way Love Goes“.
Regardless of my slight disappointment, I could clearly see that their fans were definitely having a good time. From the 30-something year old man on my right singing the songs at the top of his lungs, to the group of ladies shouting and dancing on my left, it was infectious and clear to see. The psychedelic lights matching the artwork of their new album “Super Critical” was a nice touch too.