Pale Waves - O2 Academy Birmingham

Pale Waves are a band that are causing a lot of excitement in the music industry at the moment.
Having been mentored by Matty Healy of The 1975. Pale Waves have a close relationship with the 1975 and their first two singles were even co-produced by the band.


Amidst their tour, Pale Waves played the O2 Academy Birmingham. On a day when weather warnings had been issued up and down the country due to the snow and people had been advised to stay indoors unless it was an absolute emergency, the cold weather couldn’t keep fans away. 


Considering the extremely harsh weather conditions, it was a very good turnout and made for an
intimate gig. The crowd were buzzing with excitement and there was a great atmosphere, especially when the bands came to the stage. The first of which was Bloxx, another up and coming band. They played Curtains, Coke and their latest single Novocain. Novocain has actually had airplay on Radio 1 recently so there is a lot of focus on Bloxx and for good reason. They played really well. Most of the time the band members were so engrossed in their music and it felt like they were really in their element. An unreleased track, Superglue, was also played.
Next up were Brighton trio, Our Girl. Their songs were quite emotional, accompanied by guitars and drums. One of the members of ‘Our Girl’, Soph Nathan, is also in the band ‘The Big Moon’. Both bands share a similarity in the sense that they have cleverly put together lyrics and well-crafted melodies.

Pale Waves made quite a dramatic entrance. All the lights went off and suspenseful music played.
Dry ice filled the air and the band made their way onto stage and were greeted with whoops and cheers from the crowd.

The 4 piece consists of Heather, Charlie, Clara and Hugo. An alternative indie band with pop sensibilities are not something you come across often, but in this case, it totally works! There was so much energy. People were jumping up and down and trying to get as close to the stage as possible. Heather thanked the crowd for coming out and one young man yelled out, “always for you!”
They kicked off their set with the song ‘Television Romance’ and also played a couple of new tracks during the set. They, of course, had to play ‘New Year’s Eve’ and treated the audience to a
performance of their latest single; an indie-pop banger called ‘The Tide’. The track is taken from
their upcoming EP, ‘All The Things I’ve Never Said’.


Q magazine had recently said that Heather Baron-Gracie “has the best eye roll in the game” and if you saw the performance, you’d know what they meant, since it alludes to their goth-pop act. Their songs are inspired by the ‘80s and by heartbreak and romantic insecurity.


Pale Waves supported the 1975 on the US leg of their tour and they have played some massive
venues so it was really special for fans to see them headlining their own show in the smaller, but
excellent O2 Academy Birmingham. Heather actually said it was “one of her favourites.”