Around this time two years ago, BLAENAVON were supporting Oscar in tiny rooms and drawing in crowds of under twenty. Fast forward 700-ish days and they are embarking on a massive UK tour with more sold-out than un-sold-out dates. From a band being carried by Miss World, Into the Night/Denim Patches and Koso playing to handfuls of those woke enough to dabble in something different, the Hampshire three-piece have certainly grafted for their shot on the sell-out circuit.
Coming into this run via stints alongside Sundara Karma, The Sherlocks, Two Door Cinema Club to name just a few; plus endless festival performances, headliners and the release of debut LP THAT’S YOUR LOT the only surprise on this tour is that new music is already teased and experimented with.
Some things have been everpresent in the rise of Blaenavon – front-man Ben Gregory still swings his hair at every given opportunity, bassist Frank Wright still dances with bursting passion; not only playing the bass but commandeering it across the stage, and Prague still ends an intensely charged performance. However, the striking difference is fans now chant the likes of Let’s Pray and Lonely Side in their masses. No longer are support slots needed to spark an interest, quite the contrary; selling out well in advance had the doubters scurrying for tickets right up until the minute doors opened.
It is fair to say people will look back; maybe after this tour, perhaps in two years, and ask themselves why they didn’t pay £4 to see Blaenavon support Oscar in 2015 or why they slept on the £10 tickets to witness the trio grace Rescue Rooms in 2017.