British pop group Bastille returned to Hong Kong on Wednesday after playing at Clockenflap in 2012, their first-ever gig outside of Europe. Since then, their popularity has skyrocketed - as could be seen by the long queue waiting to get into Star hall. But once they were inside, there was plenty of waiting to be done as the band didn't come onto the stage until two hours past the scheduled starting time. Not cool, Bastille.
They started off with the energetic title track from Bad Blood, and went into Weight of Living and Laura Palmer. Each song was accompanied by a beautiful light show as lead singer Dan Smith, dressed like a university student with his hoody and backwards cap, hopped around the stage.
The audience really got into it on Things We Lost in the Fire, with Smith banging the drums as the crowd enthusiastically clapped along to what is a perfect stadium anthem. This was followed by Blame, a track that will be on the band's next album. From the opening riffs by bassist Will Farquarson, this was a classic rock track, a departure from their current sound.
Things slowed down for my personal favourite Overjoyed. It started with just Smith on the keyboard, before the rest of the band joined in. Smith's vocals were outstanding as ever, never wavering or sounding off-pitch.
The surprise of the evening came from No Angels, a track off their 2012 mixtape Other People's Heartache. Although I'm a Bastille fan, I had not heard this track, so it was unexpected and fun to hear their take on 90s girl group TLC's hit No Scrubs.
As the show was winding down, the hits came out. Smith actually went into the crowd to sing half of Flaws. After a (thankfully) short break, the group came back with a three-song encore. The whole hall was echoing with the lyrics from Of The Night before ending with tonnes of "eh-eh-o eh-o-ing" as the party was sadly brought to an end with Pompeii.
Smith has said that Bastille's songs can sometimes be a little depressing, but they transferred well into a live show. They got plenty of people dancing to the music and no one seemed one bit depressed. Well except maybe during the stupidly long wait.