Where: Printworks, London
When: Thursday 22nd November
Support: Cromby, rRoxymore (Live)
Founded by Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar back in 2009, the genre-defying Belfast duo Bicep, have had one of the most meteoric, and well-deserved rises in recent electronic music history. To top off what will be a defining 2018 for Bicep, the duo announced a string of three live shows at one of the country’s most famed venues – Printworks.
Tickets for both initial shows sold out within minutes of announcement, leaving the anticipation and excitement building for a good few months. And let me tell you – it was worth the wait.
Printworks was given a rearrangement specifically for the show, with the usual room swapped to where the bar normally is, and room 2 closed for the night. It was clear Bicep was to have no distractions, this was their time, and their show.
The visuals of Bicep’s live show are far beyond what any act in the industry are achieving right now (excluding The Chems of course), and coupled with Printworks’ celebrated production values, it was a true spectacle of light and sound.
Despite their self-titled debut being among the best albums of 2017, Bicep went further afield with their selections, delving deep into their discography for huge renditions of Dahlia, Just and Darwin to name a few. That being said, new album gems Rain, Vale, Orca, Opal, Aura and of course a Glue finale, were among the show’s many many highlights.
With these string of sold-out shows, Bicep have comfortably asserted themselves as a powerhouse within electronic music. In taking their show from sweaty underground clubs, to one of the most forward-thinking, boundary-pushing venues in the country, Bicep have nonchalantly elevated their stock to stadium-status.
True heirs to the thrones left up for grabs by The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, a feat simply out of reach for near-misses like Chase & Status and Disclosure, Bicep have every chance in becoming the next great electronic music headliner.