Live Review: Disclosure @ Plan B

Production duo of the moment Disclosure played their first headline show at Plan B last Thursday.

Horizontal rain and freezing wind rendered a usually vibrant Brixton Road desolate; but for the lucky few that managed to secure themselves a ticket (the show is alleged to have sold out in two minutes flat,) it could’ve been pissing reindeer outside and they wouldn’t have noticed; such was the feeling of anticipation inside the venue, which was already near full capacity by the time recent Brit critic’s choice award nominees Aluna George hit the stage to support the poster boys of dance-pop.

Aluna George flew through a swift thirty minute set showcasing their own brand of RnB tinged electro-pop; Aluna Franics’ girlish vocal was slightly overpowered by the venue’s rickety Funktion One soundsystem, but that didn’t hinder a tight performance from the pair, who managed to drop a cover of Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do it” in between some unreleased material as well as more familiar cuts “Just A Touch” and “You Know You Like It” before finishing with bloggers delight ”Your Drums, Your Love”.

After a quick change over, the Disclosure boys took to the stage with all the energy of the frenzied crowd that awaited them; their enthusiasm was endearing, and after Guy Lawrence briefly greeted the audience, the pair started proceedings with the upfront garage track “My Intention Is War” before welcoming on Sinead Harnett – the first of a number of guest vocalists that evening – to belt out the fantastic “Boiling” as the brothers flitted between synthetic drums, samplers and keyboards and whipped the crowd into a frenzy as they sang every word back to the group.

It was clear that everyone in the room -including the duo – were there to have a good time. There were no airs and graces, nor any pretentious chin stroking. The pair had successfully managed to keep a rowdy crowd interested, keeping the momentum flowing between each guest appearance with live ensembles of their instrumentals. The show didn’t feel tedious at any point, as they dipped in and out of each track; like a live mix happening right in front of you.

There was also some unreleased material; Howard, the quieter of the two – and to the pleasant surprise of the crowd – lent his own voice before Guy ecstatically screamed to the crowd “do you guys like Jessie Ware?” It was hard to believe that it was Miss Ware’s first headline show at the venue only a few months back, so it was great to see the local girl perform the now infamous remix of “Running”, bouncing around the stage and shouting the boys praises before Sam Smith made an appearance to close the show with recent hit “Latch”.

Disclosure’s enthusiasm on stage is a testament to their ever-increasing popularity. They produce easily accessible dance-pop that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and so translates well into a good live club show. There’s no doubting their commitment to the live concept, and no doubt they managed to pull it off well on this occasion. But it will be interesting to see if things will remain consistent moving forward when the guest appearances that enhance the experience aren’t as readily available. Although this is a mere technicality, if Disclosure insist on setting the bar this high, then we’ll come to expect nothing less.

Lucinda Runham

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