By Destiny Kelleher-Corri
December 06, 2013
Unfortunately I can’t say that I’ve been a fan of Disclosure since day one as I didn’t hear about them until last year but I am a huge fan. The atmosphere as we leave the tube station to head towards the academy is amazing; usually people are rude, wrapped up in their own lives, but this time everyone’s buzzing and really friendly. Even the security guys were unusually cheerful and that’s definitely saying something!
We miss previous acts T. Williams and Dusky, which is a shame. The feeling within the venue as we all wait for Disclosure is one of high spirits and the o2 Academy in Brixton is a really good venue for them to play. Given that they’re an electronic house duo, you really need space to be able to dance to their set, something the o2 has an abundance of with it’s 4000+ capacity.
Given that it’s an 18+ venue and I’m only 16, it’s quite a surreal experience; I’m used to being around people my own age, and didn’t really know whether there would be the same type of vibe with people dancing or just slightly bobbing their heads [Editors Note: Us oldies do try to dance occasionally, there's just a very high risk of dislocating something though] . I was pleasantly surprised, however, that when the lights go down and their iconic face symbol is brandished on the ceiling that we aren’t the only ones cutting some serious shapes.
Particular highlights of the evening come in the form of ‘F for You’, ‘When A Fire Starts to Burn’, and ‘White Noise’. Disclosure also, as they did at their festival performances over the Summer, bring out special guests Sasha Keable for ‘Voices’ and the amazingly beautiful Sam Smith for ‘Latch’, a track you can almost guarantee they close on given it’s the track with which they broke through. Their features a lot of material from first album Settle, something which goes down well with long time fans, in a set that is absolutely flawless, giving off such chilled vibes.
Everyone’s sad to see the set end and people start to mill out. However, us troopers that stayed long enough to witness Teed, back to back with Eats Everything see those chilled vibes explode in to full-on rave territory, with pounding house beats draining the energies of even the most weathered of raver. I’d recommend that anyone who hasn’t seen either of these acts make sure they do as it’s a truly enjoyable experience.