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Despite the Cluny 2’s jam-packed atmosphere, Friday night’s show felt so beautifully intimate. Llovers eased the night in with their twinkling indie pop, the disparity of the infectious rhythm of ‘Feeling Sound’ and its anthemic chorus to ‘Borderland’s breezy sun-soaked flair showcasing their dynamic ability, cementing them as the soundtrack to your Summer afternoons.

West London quintet Babeheaven retained the tranquil atmosphere, administering a lucid form of escapism through their dreamy set. Frontwoman Nancy Anderson’s haunting yet vigorous vocals interweaved with the ambient riffs and occasional addition of steel drums allowed her voice to be the pinnacle focus, a refreshing perception that served the band in a truly compelling fashion. Defining track ‘Heaven’ had the audience locked in a hazy trance, and their unique serving of dream pop is sure to bode them well.

Palace are the breed of musicians who instantly attract a reaction; from their humble stage presence to their knack of inciting the mass shaking of human body parts, they evolve with each performance, and not one pair of eyes averted from the stage throughout their set. Bouncing through tracks such as ‘Bitter’ and ‘So Long Forever’, the intricate guitar layering and heartfelt lyricism strikes a chord, and the so-called heirs to The Maccabees may have rightfully plonked their seat on the throne. Leo Wyndham’s ruminating ballads paused throughout charming crowd interaction makes the five-piece so loveable, and it is only the beginning for the London alt-rock outfit.

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