Leyya are an Austrian electro-pop band I didn’t actually know before the concert. I also didn’t do my research beforehand to see who would be the supporting band, so I didn’t know what I should expect. Since we got in a little later than anticipated, we only heard about 1.5 of their songs but I have to admit, I am intrigued. The first half song we caught wasn’t that much to my liking, but I liked the last song they played. I guess I’ll really have to listen to more of their stuff.
Then it was time for the Editors. It was my second time seeing them live, the first time was 6 years before that (damn, I’m getting old). Meanwhile their musical direction has changed a bit and while I’m not that enamored with their last two albums as I was with In This Light and On This Evening, I do like both The Weight of Your Love and In Dream and remember the first concert fondly enough that I wanted to see them again.
And the show was great. They just really have a knack for dramatic songs and I think that drama isn’t one that necessarily translates well to recordings. But live you get one goosebump chasing another.
Their setlist was made up of a nice mix of old songs and newer stuff with a focus on the last two albums. But they did include all my old favorites – like Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool, Papillon and Munich, giving me plenty of opportunity to sing along. Loudly.
There was very little direct interaction between band and audience which was probably the weakest part of the show, as well as the fact that the stage design and lighting got a little lost. But then again, those things just made it possible to concentrate on the music even more. And that’s the main reason I go to see a concert anyway, so I didn’t mind one bit.
Summarizing: a beautiful concert.