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Anathema at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London - live review

Live Review

Venue: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Anathema and Alcest bring the crowds

Given the number of prog gigs on this week, it’s reassuring to see fans queuing around the block for Anathema tonight. And many of them are here for Alcest as well.

Coloured lights and smoke flood the stage as the opening band’s silhouettes solidify, and their dreamy soundscapes transport the audience from a damp London night to a warm beach in southern France. Theirs is a bubbling brew of Floydian psych, shoegaze and dreampop that’s enhanced by fuzz and highlights from last year’s Kodama. It’s a fantastic showcase of their talents, and the perfect prelude to the headliners.

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