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Soen at Islington Academy 2, London - live review

Live Review

Venue: Islington Academy 2, London

Swedes wow at their first ever UK headliner

A satisfying ‘sold out’ is stamped across the poster for tonight’s gig. This is only Soen’s second UK show and their first as headliners – they previously supported Amaranthe in 2012 – so selling out is still quite an achievement.

Opening for the Swedish five-piece are the quirky Madder Mortem. A few sound issues mean the Norwegians’ captivating songs don’t quite realise their full potential, but singer Agnete M Kirkevaag’s vocal gymnastics stretch out regardless. The audience go as wild for older tracks, like the melancholic Desiderata, as they do for new material from last year’s ferocious Red In Tooth And Claw, such as closer Underdogs.

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