Instead of catching the customary after-lunch-nap on Easter Sunday, thousands – us included – flocked to the Royal Albert Hall for a very special performance.
‘Bel10whead’s Big Birthday Bash’ marked the band’s 10th anniversary – and did so in style. The eleven-piece band opened to a sold-out venue, with songs from the E.P. Onymous (2004) kickstarting the show. The energetic performance soon had the crowd off their chairs and doing jigs varying in degrees of competence.
After the first set, the band performed a happy mix of songs from Burlesque (2006), Matachin (2008), Hedonism (2010) and Broadside (2012), the folk music and shanties tunes often consisting of elaborate arrangements of percussion, a four-piece brass section and strings.
A grand finale finished off the evening with an impressive display of pyrotechnics and a teaser from the band’s new album, Revival, due to be released on 23 June. As we can vouch: it’s a must-listen.