The electronic pop party of dreams
Melissa Darragh
15:45 20th June 2019

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Arriving at the trendy, canal-side Hackney venue, Studio 9294, those lucky enough to secure a ticket to Metronomy left the dreary, wet London weather at the door and were transported to a summery, feel-good world, complete with a chill DJ set on the terrace, courtesy of Charlotte Adigéry. From the moment doors opened at this intimate venue, it was clear that Metronomy had come to throw a party, and they had perfectly set the scene using indie tunes and generous amounts of free salted caramel ice cream, in a clever nod to their new single.

Almost three years on from the release of the collection of funk-infused pop anthems that was ‘Summer 08’, frontman Joseph Mount is fresh from working with the likes of Robyn and Jessie Ware and has brought the band back, sounding as tight and eclectic as ever. Setting on stage, all clad in blue, Metronomy launch into ‘The End of You Too’, playing with the cool precision and effortless charisma which has undoubtedly made them the pillar of the British music scene which they are today. From the offset, the band have the crowd’s full attention and follow up with hit after hit, playing ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘The Bay’ and ‘Everything Goes My Way’. 

The setlist was a beautiful, career-spanning amalgam of tracks, with the band playing crowd pleasing new singles ‘Lately’ and ‘Salted Caramel Ice Cream’, as well as a collection of unreleased songs from the new album, such as ‘Whitsand Bay’, ‘Wedding Bells’ and ‘Insecurity’. The highlight of the night was ‘The Look’, with the crowd going mad with anticipation as Cash teases the intro on keyboard, before Mount takes centre stage. The crowd sing along with every word in what is truly testament to the cult following the band have accumulated over the years.

Ending with the dynamic ‘You Could Easily Have Me’, Metronomy came, they partied, and they left everyone there wanting more. With the upcoming release of their new album Metronomy Forever, the band have proven that they still sound as fresh as ever, and it’s safe to say that Mount and co. will be around to provide us with material to dance to for a long time to come. 

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Photo: James Polley