Bastille rocks House of Blues

When sandwiched tightly between two 27-year-old couples, only a truly spectacular performance can overshadow the reckless mixture of drunken PDA, flying elbows and splashing beer.

As the lights in the House of Blues went down and the opening chords of “Bad Blood” began to play, however, British rock band Bastille delivered just that in their second leg of their “The Good, The Bad Blood, and the Ugly Tour” on Friday, May 16.

From the chart-topping hit “Pompeii” to the more sentimental “Oblivion,” deemed the band’s “most depressing song” by lead singer Dan Smith, the group kept the all-age crowd engaged through the entire 17-song set. Ear-shattering screams flooded the room as Smith entered the crowd during “Flaws,” removing any doubt of the group’s popularity among teenage girls, and providing an aural explanation as to why tickets sold out within hours.

Opening band Wolf Gang did not disappoint either; also from England, the five-piece group caught the attention of the audience and proved their potential in the short set, leaving the biggest mark with their single “The King And All Of His Men.” With frequent “thank you’s” to Bastille between songs, they simultaneously got the crowd excited for the main event.

Despite the awkward layout of House of Blues, the energy and spirit employed by both bands made the four hours spent in line worth it. Bastille will continue to tour North America before traveling to Europe and Australia.