Originally hailing from Macclesfield, Cassia have been picking up lots of new fans this year, bringing their calypso-infused tropical indie-pop to plenty of festival stages over the summer. Their current tour is reinforcing what they’re capable of, with an wonderful joyous and polished live performance.
For their London show, they were ably supported by Bengal Lancers, who were greeted by a warm, welcoming crowd and whose set left the audience wanting more and chanting “one more song”… although inevitably for a support slot, there was unfortunately no encore.
There was also support from German band Giant Rooks whose high energy set suggests they are definitely one to watch. Lead singer Frederik Rabe has a similar vocal style to Tom Odell, and combines that with moves that are distinctly Jagger-like.
Main act Cassia – consisting of frontman Rob Ellis, Jake Leff on drums, and Lou Cotterill on bass – are not your typical indie band. They make groovy tunes… very groovy. Any time one of their songs are playing you can’t help but dance along. Their sound is perfect for the summer… and in fact for extending that summer feeling well into the winter.
Their set for this show was faultless, although particular highlights were most recent release Loosen Up, plus fan favourites Come & Talk, Get Up Tight, and 100 Times Over.
With several dates remaining on their tour, be sure to catch them if you’re anywhere near Aberdeen (24 October), Glasgow (25), Newcastle (26), Exeter (30), Southampton (31), or Manchester (3 November) . Tickets here.
Photos by Linda Brindley