Noah and the Whale are a band i’ve been loving loads this year, since hearing ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N’ and follow-up singles ‘Tonight’s the Kind Of Night’ and ‘Life Is Life’
In fact, i’ve been loving them since they released ‘5 Years Time’ in 2008, which I associate with watching the Olympics on TV in a hotel at Gatwick Airport.
As soon as I heard they were coming to Belfast, I just had to be at this.
The show was so popular, it was moved from it’s original venue of Mandela Hall to Ulster Hall.
The support act were rather good, a Canadian band fronted by a man looking like Chris Issak while dressed as Roddy Frame in the ‘Somewhere In My Heart’ video, but ignore that, they were rather good, though I didn’t catch their name.
NATW came on and were fantastic from start to finish, energetically jumping between instruments as the song demanded.
Sharp suited, lead singer Charlie Fink showed all the qualities of a business manager on a session by removing various items of clothing in stages.
First, came his jacket, then his tie, then his waistcoat. By the end, he was a shirt button light and his sleeves rolled up. Thankfully, that was as far as it went.
Hightlight of the night was the anthemic ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N’