Hunter & The Bear had a great start to the year with their biggest two sold out shows in March at The Garage in London and at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. In addition to that, they’ve also had a summer full of festivals to play at.

So this month’s UK tour was one that fans were understandably very excited about. Seven dates across the UK dates – with all but one sold out – saw the band playing in venues like London’s Scala, the sort of place they were probably once only dreaming about.

The set opens with Hologram from their 2017 album Paper Heart, with other set highlights including Charlotte St, Paper Heart, Skin Tight, Electric, and latest single Chemical all in amongst a mixture of old and new hits.

The entire set is high energy, with the band slowing down only to catch their breath during their calmer-paced tracks, follow by Will Irvine’s scratchy voice and Jimmy Hunter’s great dance and jump skills. Hunter & The Bear are definitely one band that are worth seeing live.

 

Words and photos by Selena Ferro

 

 

The first support on the night came from Calva Louise, a London three-piece who are making their way up London’s punk scene and will release their debut album early next year. Their performance is full of unusual sounds and charisma that gets the crowd bouncing alongside with punkish screaming vocals that is at times a bit of a shock to the system and yet it works just perfectly. Performing latest single and Sync favourite I Heard A Cry, they left everyone speechless.

 

 

South Yorkshire alternative indie-pop band Alvarez Kings took to the stage before Hunter & The Bear. They have built their followers since 2012 and toured in the US as part of Vans Warped Tour, and have plenty of fans all across Europe as well. Songs from debut album Somewhere Between captured the mood and warmed things up beautifully for the headliners.

 

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