After an anthemic debut album, a series of support slots for Two Door Cinema Club’s UK tour. Sundara Karma have taken 2017 by the scruff of the neck and made it their own. Following the impressive start they have already made to 2017, Sundara Karma embarked on a lengthy but their biggest UK headline tour to date. Sundara Karma’s live shows have become renowned for their stage presence, the party atmosphere and extreme energy. This is how their Shepherd’s Bush show went.
Support for the night were Palm Honey and Will Joseph Cook. Palm Honey providing loosely psychedelic rock, similar to Swim Deep. Will Joseph Cook delivered a set full of fresh indie-pop which will most likely be the soundtrack to your summer. Playing fan’s favourites; Girls Like Me, Sweet Dreamer and Take Me Dancing. He also treated fans to some new material; Treat Me Like A Lover and Biggest Fan, which will feature on his debut album, Sweet Dreamer which is out 14th April. The new tracks were by no means a disappointment but in fact strengthened the reel of tracks he has to his name so far. Despite being just 19, Will Joseph Cook made the stage his own and showed how his age does not affect his potential at all.
Soon the stage crew threw huge balloons into the crowd which was shortly followed by Hollaback Girl to which Sundara Karma emerged onto the stage. Opening with A Young Understanding, the crowd went off. The crowd singing every word back to Oscar becoming the latest addition to the Reading golden boys. Shepherd’s Bush Empire only has a standing capacity of 1,000 but the energy and excitement made it feel like so much more. Sundara Karma performed back-to-back hits from their recently released debut, Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect. Not only did they showcase their debut album but also performed Freshbloom of EP I. Sundara Karma also played Indigo Puff and Hustle which come from their debut single as well as a cover of Never Too Much by Luther Vandross.
The night was really summed up by Oscar Lulu saying “What the fuck did you guys have for dinner”. The best tracks for me were A Young Understanding, Hustle and Happy Family. Sundara Karma finished off their set with an encore of The Night and Loveblood. Before Sundara Karma reappeared well over 10 balloons were launched into the audience and the crowd were chanting “We want more“. Their set ended with as much energy as it began with. Loveblood was probably the most energetic track of the night, with the drop not only greeted by a huge mosh but a huge blast of confetti which rained down on the audience.
Sundara Karma with their huge personalities, underpinned by Oscar Lulu’s extravagance, which was shown by him wearing a halo made of glow-sticks for a short period of time. Sundara Karma’s performance was elevated by the fact the crowd knew every single word and sung back to the band. Their set was magical and showed that they know how to put on insanely magical performances, these shows are evidence of their hard-work and their passion which always results in a spectacular live show. Their live shows are one of a kind and was one of the best I’ve ever been to. Sundara Karma are only just getting started with album #1 under their belt and after 2 months of constant touring, they are finally on a well deserved break before hitting the summer festivals. Their live shows take the tracks from their debut album and put them where they belong, on a stage in front of huge crowds. Sundara Karma are not only living up to expectations but smashing them.
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