Alternative folk band Bear’s Den returned to Southampton to play a packed show to dedicated fans at the o2 Guildhall. With their third album, So That You Might Hear Me due for release later this month, they had some new material to share.  

The band arrived on stage to cheers from the audience with recent single, Fuel on the Fire kicking off the setlist, showing a more electric side to the band. This was followed by the more folky Elysium from debut album Islands and Dew On The Vine from second album Red Earth & Pouring Rain. 

Bear’s Den continued to perform tracks from their previous releases, as well as unreleased tracks Fossils and Hiding Bottles, and latest single, Crow, a heartfelt track about personal loss. The band’s performance of Isaac had the crowd cheering from the first note and singing along in harmony. 

Bear’s Den gathered at the side of the stage to perform an unplugged rendition of their song Sophie, whilst the crowd listened intently, before clapping and stamping along with the band, creating a very atmospheric moment.  

Another newer single, Laurel Wreath closed the setlist, before the band returned for an encore, opening with Above the Clouds of Pompeii from debut album Islands. Following this Bear’s Den and backing band member Christof Van der Ven performed another more intimate unplugged performance of Blankets of Sorrow as a trio in the centre of the crowd before returning to the stage to close the night with fan favourite Agape from their debut album.  

Lead singer, Andrew Davie’s regular interaction with band mate Kevin Jones and their band on stage, often crowding together, showed off their passion for making music together. The band has great stage presence, with regular interaction and banter with the crowd throughout the night. Davie regularly thanked the audience for being there and being so quiet.

Review & photos by Phoebe Reeks

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