Live Review: Rat Boy at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

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To say 2016 has been a big year for Rat Boy would be an understatement. From winning Best New Artist at the NME Awards, to supporting The Libertines, packing out the Radio 1/NME Tent at Reading & Leeds, and now embarking on a pretty damn crazy headline UK tour, it’s fair to say it’s been a wild ride for Jordan Cardy & his crew. As part of this UK tour, Rat Boy took to the stage of Portsmouth’s iconic Wedgewood Rooms, alongside two support acts.

First up were local band Xockha, chosen through Rat Boy’s Facebook competition to find local supports. Xockha were a nice easing into proceedings, and most certainly wouldn’t find themselves out of place in 2013 B-Town, tucked in with the likes of Jaws and Peace. Following up were touring support Bad Sounds, who luckily, completely juxtaposed their name, and nailed a set of sweet sounding indie funk.

Next up to take to the stage was Rat Boy. Opening up with the crowd pleasing and energetic single ‘Move’, pits immediately opened and the temperature of the Wedgewood Rooms reached scorching levels. With the audience struggling to keep upright, Cardy launched through ‘Knock Knock’, ‘Wasteman’, and latest single ‘Get Over It’. From the off, the avid crowd were lapping up every syllable and movement from Rat Boy, with non-stop maniacal pits for the entirety of their set. Smashing their way through a 75 minute set of mainly newer or unreleased tracks, nestled in were the staple songs off 2014’s Mixtape, ‘Sportswear’ and ‘Hanging Round’ – both of which reached levels of hysteria.

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After wrapping up his main set, Rat Boy came straight back out for an encore, with fans being allowed up on the stage with the band. With ‘Move’ being played for the second time in the evening, it was time for the duo of indie anthems ‘Sign On’ and ‘Fake ID’ to send the audience into a full blown frenzy.

I also HAVE to make light of the absolutely brilliant stage set up adopted by Rat Boy, particularly with incorporating the car used in the ‘Get Over It’ music video, as well as having Cardy’s artwork on display, and foam cigarettes being chucked about by the crowd (one of which I made off with, and later got signed).

Rat Boy is at the forefront of the current UK indie scene, and rightly so. To be able to have that much adoration and control of a sold out crowd is a feat, and one that Cardy handles with ease. The unprecedented appreciation of Rat Boy is an unseen one nowadays – and for that, it’s a bravo to him as he waves the flag for the ‘new wave’ of indie.

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Jasmin Robinson

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