Rated 4 out of
Fantastic performace but the venue ruined the experience
These guys were bloody amazing live! They out in so much effort and power into playing and threw in a few great covers on top! The projection graphics were so interesting it added a lot to the concert, and the projected text also stated they weren't good at crowd banter so there was a continuous flow of hilarious text banter for us to read. The venue was a big let down, very small, hot and cramped with no slope so the people at the back could see. The worst part was the sound, towards the end of the show the bass was awful it really ruined the music. On top of that the bar closed at 22:15 so even though i left the performance early to get a drink we were refused. Lastly the toilets were pretty horrible even at the beginning of the night.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 1 out of
Listen to their album, but stay home
The gig was probably one of the worst one I've ever been to. The flashing lights were torture, the music was loud and sketchy. It sounded like a garage gig, very low sound quality. I absolutely love their album but it was just a joke. A proper waste of a 2 hours trip to go and see them.
The fact that they don't talk to the audience and just put a video with writings like "Sorry we don't really talk, so the presentation will do it for us" was not really funny, just slightly disrespectful. Maybe I'm just bitter but... No, not good.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of
Even better than I was hoping it would be
I have been waiting to see Portugal The Man since 2009 and I was not disappointed.
The show started with a message on the screen behind them to let us know that they weren't very good at "crowd banter." They played pretty much nonstop, without much crowd interaction, showing messages on the screen instead so that they could play through.The atmosphere they created playing was more than enough to make up for the lack of interaction and this really just meant they got through more of their back catalogue. I was so pleased that they played a good range of songs, not just from Evil Friends and Woodstock but also from their older albums-- I would say a perfect mix.
They didn't leave the crowd waiting long before coming back on to do an encore which I appreciate as I'd rather hear more song than be left waiting for the sake of it.
Portugal The Man brought in a very mixed crowd with mums, granddads, teenagers and everything in between, unlike any non-arena gig I've ever been to.
All of this created a great gig, with a really good atmosphere.
People seemed so entranced by the show that they barely got phones out to record, except of course when Feel It Still was on! I completely forgot to record anything or take any pictures but in the few videos that my boyfriend took of the show the sound is fantastic and it really goes to show how good they were.
Finally getting to see a band that I have loved through my teenage years and into my twenties, it could have easily been disappointing, but it was even better than I'd imagined.
Thank you for a lovely night PTM.
Date published: 2017-09-28