On Wednesday the 13/12/2017 The Brightside was home to special night as UK rock band Nothing But Thieves were kicking off their Australian tour in Brisbane. An eager sold out crowd were already lined up outside the venue before doors opened to secure a good spot for the soon to be packed venue.
The night opened in spectacular fashion with a performance by local Gold Coast band Eliza and the Delusionals. You would assume any other band would be intimated opening for the Brit rockers, but their confident stage presence and tight playing welcomed the night perfectly.
The yelling and screaming began by the loud, sold out crowd ordering the headliners to take the stage; this erupted as they came out with electrifying energy opening with ‘I’m Not Made by Design’. Vocalist Conor Mason mentioned many times throughout the night that the band was heavily jet lagged since recently flying into the country, however that did not seem to affect their performance in anyway. The interaction between the band and crowd was amazing, everyone was singing the words to every song as they played their hits such as ‘Trip Switch’, ‘Itch’ and ‘I Was a Kid’ was an obvious standout as the heavy riff had everyone throwing down in the crowd.
The UK rockers slowed it down as they played their hit ‘Sorry’ and attempted to end their set as they walked of stage, but obviously wasn’t enough for the Brisbane crowd. They took back the stage to play their amazing ballad ‘Particles’, which showcases the vocal range and talent of Conor. They then ended their set with their hit single ‘Amsterdam’ from their new album, the excitement blew up as guitarist Dom Craik and bassist Phillip Blake jumped in the crowd to join in the moshing. The band ended their set with many thanks as Craik and Blake were hugging all their fans in the crowd.
Nothing But Thieves displayed an amazing performance for their first time playing in Brisbane, their energy was unbelievable and although they weren’t feeling 100% they came out and played one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Their time in Australia was short but I couldn’t recommend anything more than to see these guys when they’re next here, you won’t regret it.
Review by Christian Kafritsas