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Genuine question here: when did Peace get so big? In the few years they’ve been around, the four piece have gone from mid-level indie band to something of a national phenomenon and that’s no different in this region. Last year the band almost overshadowed Bombay Bicycle Club when they supported the alt-pop band at the O2 Academy and they managed to completely sell out three shows at The Cluny without batting eyelid.

Much of Peace’s astronomical increase in popularity surrounds the release of their second album, Happy People. An ironically-titled record that was more about some very sad characters than anything very smiley, it nonetheless refined the group’s indie sound and expanded upon it, making it more atmospheric and grander in scale. With the despair masked behind a deep layer of buoyancy that’s catchy, danceable and more than a bit infectious, it’s no wonder that the album managed to strike a chord both with critics and audiences of a certain age. It’s fair to say that Peace are well and truly in the big time now, so the chance to see them at the Middlesbrough Empire is an opportunity not to be passed up.

Peace come to Middlesbrough Empire on Friday 25th September.

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