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It’s quite rare to go to a gig in which both the support act and the headliners are equally revered. In this case, Canadian outfit Alvvays were just as seemingly adored by the Riverside crowd as their more established tour partners. Many in the crowd sang along to a set that included just about everything from their eponymously-titled debut LP. Molly Rankin’s sweet, somewhat nostalgic voice adds a touch of girlish charm, particularly on the endearing Archie, Marry Me.

As Real Estate take to the stage, it becomes clear that, like their moniker, there’s nothing particularly fancy about them. Coming across more as ageing preppies than bona fide rockers, the now five-piece band powered through a set of laid-back jangle-pop that contained tracks from all three of their albums, while still managing to play a staggering amount from their latest release, Atlas. The performance was slightly marred by poor acoustics tampering with the clarity of frontman Martin Courtney’s voice, something of a sin considering the deft lyrical wordplay Real Estate in particular enjoy indulging in. Despite this, the double-whammy of Real Estate and Alvvays still proved to be a particularly pleasant and somewhat soothing end to the weekend.

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