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Review. The Big Moon at The Portland


Having a civilized drink at The Portland Arms before the bands begin and guess who walks by with a bottle of beer in her hand? It’s only Juliet Jackson, the lead singer of The Big Moon! This is one of the many down to earth things she does this evening.

A great choice for a support band, Get Inuit are touring with The Big Moon for a month and play in keeping with their style of music. Looking very relaxed, lead singer Jamie Glass jovially walks on. He keeps to his on-stage ‘peculiarity’ by leaving sentences hanging in the air and expressing himself through wild, out of control dancing. It’s an altogether light-hearted act.

The front row are so close to the band, a couple of the members of the audience are in danger of getting taken out by wild guitar swinging. This night is a sell out and there are more bodies than usual.

‘Barbiturates’ is the best song they perform and is an uplifting and clever piece with different parts to it. It had a similar style to Catfish and the Bottlemen with blasting guitars and vocals, only with ‘Barbiturates’, it is more lighthearted in nature and has no trace of profanities.

This is the first time The Big Moon have headlined in Cambridge (they supported The Mystery Jets at The Cambridge Junction last year). Showing off their debut album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ by playing the popular’ Cupid’, ‘Pull The Other One’ and ‘Formidable’, this London four-piece band have a comradery combined with a great look which makes energetic rock look exciting.

In 2014 The Big Moon formed, so you can forgive their hesitancy at time when they were unsure on how some songs would work. Their honesty is endearing and you instantly find yourself liking them. Thankfully, their music speaks volumes; three guitars and a set of drums will do that.

You can tell they are really good friends from the way they joke and giggle with each other in between songs. It’s almost as if the audience aren’t there. But Jackson pulls everyone back into the frame when she jumps off stage to have a dance with people. Bonfire is a big hit with the crowd; as she hits the high notes, everyone joins in singing “We’ll start a bonfire to make the time fly, cos I’m so bored I could burn this whole town”.

The Big Moon conclude their set with ‘Sucker’; a surprisingly slow song for them but nevertheless a great way to end.

With a night filled with youthful energy, especially when both bands are continuously jumping around the stage, you’re sure to feel exhausted yourself but at the same time filled with a sense that you have seen two amazingly talented bands.

Words by Catherine Verrechia

Check out our gig gallery from the night here.