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Live Music Review: Vega Bay at The Bodega

27 September 19 words: Molly Dodge-Taylor
photos: James Birtwhistle

Local legends Vega Bay made a triumphant return to The Bodega earlier this month...

A small queue has already formed outside The Bodega, a venue that Vega Bay are no strangers to. It’s clear that many are here to catch the supports: Vincent Vain, an alt indie duo from Notts, and Brown Lion Zoo, a breezy indie rock four piece. Both prove they’re ideal warm ups for local lads Vega Bay, who are lingering over the merch stand, watching as the venue fills up. The growing audience seem to respect what the supports have to offer. An exciting atmosphere is set for the evening, but the crowd is here for one reason: Vega Bay.

Since their first gig in June 2016, the band have been up and coming on the Notts music scene after supporting the likes of Oddity Road, Soft Boys and Girls Club and Larkins. They’re regular faces at The Bodega, so tonight isn’t a first for them.

However, their headliner for the new EP Rubiales is obviously a special one; sold out and crammed with people. After teasing the crowd with soundchecks and a brief on-stage appearance, the boys finally take to the stage, dancing like lunatics to We like to Party! by Vengaboys along with the audience. Once the spectators (and the band) have settled, the set begins. The unmistakable riffs and sounds are a perfect match for the mob who dance and mosh at any chance, especially to How Long’s It Gonna Take? and Spread Too Thin, both from the new EP, which have people shouting out the lyrics after less than a month of being released.

After a good bit of jumping and dancing, they move from new to old as they start on their first EP What Remains, which features some of their standout tracks, such as Sometimes It Rains. Unlike their usual tunes, the slow-paced melody gives the audience a minute to admire vocalist Sam Poyzer’s sound as the vibe turns from energetic to chilled. The crowd hold up swaying lighters and the change in mood sums up the boys’ ability to switch between their upbeat tunes and more relaxed numbers.

As it’s reaching curfew, Vega Bay appear to finish their set and head off stage - but the crowd chants for more and the band reappear, seemingly saving the best for last. A slowed version of the smash hit Badmash hook starts to play while people spread out for the final mosh pit. Two drumbeats and the crowd are off, unable to contain themselves. Their energy is returned by the band themselves, who bounce across the stage while playing along. Drinks fly over fans’ heads as they scramble in and out of the sweaty, clammy rabble. Then the curfew hits, and Vega Bay walk off stage to a roar of appreciation.

Vega Bay played The Bodega on Saturday 21 September 2019

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