Slowdive @ The Ground Theatre at *scape, 31 July 2014

by ariddesert87

Legendary British shoegazers Slowdive swung by Singapore for a one night only gig last Thursday, and it was beautiful and magical. Held at The Ground Theatre at *scape, the show saw a healthy turnout of hip 20-somethings and aging fans in their mid and late thirties, or “a mature, discerning crowd” according to A.

It’s been awhile since I’ve attended a concert – my last show was at the Mosaic Music Festival back in March – and I felt the familiar pre-show shivers coming on. The band were in top form, running through a 1 and a half hour set that included classics ‘Alison’, ‘Machine Gun’, a heavy, hard-hitting version of ‘Crazy For You’ and the melancholic ‘Dagger’. Dreamy, hazy soundscapes filled the air as the band held court over everyone. Apart from minor sound issues which resulted in Rachel sounding muffled throughout, the show was as close to perfection and worth the wait. Funny quip of the night: someone in the crowd yelling for ‘Search & Destroy’ in a reference to Neil’s Iggy Pop and the Stooges tee.

I later met Neil and Simon at the after party and chatted with them, they’re really friendly and amiable guys who were full of praises for Singapore. I’m not a huge fan but it was still a thrill meeting them, and I went home buzzing from the show and our conversations, and clutching a gig poster adorned with their signatures.