REVIEW gig The Magic Gang Oakford Social Club

The Magic Gang Live In Reading

On Sunday evening Brighton indie rockers, The Magic Gang played Reading's Oakford Social Club. The gig was labelled a Record Store Day after-party.

The band were supported by Reading band Haize and indie pop rockers Vitamin. I caught most of Vitamin’s set and they sounded like a mix of 1975 and Friendly Fires, a really exciting support band who are gathering momentum including plays on Huw Stephens Radio 1 show.

The Magic Gang came on stage to a great reception and instantly the crowd were in great voice and weren't afraid to start the mosh pits. Despite being an 18+ event there was plenty of liveliness which meant the bands tour manager had to constantly keep checking all the equipment was in place.

The band opened with ‘Lady, Please’, ‘She Doesn’t see’ and ‘Jasmine’, all three from their self-titled EP. They also played ‘All I Want Is You’ and ‘No Fun’ both songs really help the band create the wild atmosphere that they’re becoming well known for.

You could clearly see that the band were having a great time as much as the crowd, lead singer Jack Kaye with a beaming smile throughout the set including when a few younger fans joined the band onstage towards the end of the set.

After finishing their set, the crowd started to chant ‘Shallow’, a popular song of theirs, after blistering their way through their setlist they had enough time to perform it, to the crowd’s delight.

With superb stage presence and catchy melodies, the band clearly have a bright future and if you haven’t heard of them yet, you will do soon.

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