Bastille - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Check out Crossfade's full 52-photo slideshow of Bastille at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

With Wolf Gang
Fillmore Miami Beach
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Better Than: Standing out in the heavy rain.

If you ever wondered what the long term effects of Coldplay might be, you need look no further than Bastille. The chart topping synth heavy four piece are led by singer/songwriter Dan Smith who turned 14 in the year 2000. That is the age where musical tastes are formed, so it is no coincidence that the year 2000 is when Coldplay's debut album "Parachutes" was released as was U2's "All that You Can't Leave Behind."

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Photo by Alex Markow
Check out Crossfade's full 52-photo slideshow of Bastille at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

While you can debate the artistic merits of such influences, there is no question that they spawn commercial success. Bastille's debut album, Bad Blood, was 2013's biggest selling digital album in the UK.

And last night's show at the Fillmore Miami Beach certainly proved that Bastille's popularity translates across the pond as a legion of screaming fans sang along to every verse of the English band's stadium-ready anthems.

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In spite of the gloomy weather that was more reminiscent of Bastille's native London than Miami Beach, it was an early-arriving crowd, probably because it was a school night.

It is popular to knock teenage audiences, but they provide two assets to the concert experience. They make it easier to see the stage as many of them have another growth spurt in them and they bring enthusiasm. The screams for both Bastille and openers Wolf Gang were like something out of a Beatles documentary.

Photo by Alex Markow

The Wolf Gang guys were taken aback by the fandom.

"What a spectacular crowd you are," said singer Max McElligott.

And all those teen screamers really were showing such warmth to a band that beyond its clever name did nothing distinctive or noteworthy during the 45-minute set. Well, except maybe allow the headliner to look less bland by comparison.

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Location Info


The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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