Clubhouse kicked off the night with their smooth, indie-pop sound. The 5-piece from Ohio made many new fans that evening with their playful stage presence and feel-good vibes. The band turned it up a notch with a tribute to MGMT. Their cover of “Electric Feel,” which was a departure in tone from the rest of their set, got the crowd warmed up for the rest of the night.
Boyish took the stage next. The duo, consisting of India Shore and Claire Altendahl, were joined by three additional backing members for the night. Their smiles never left their faces throughout their set. India remarked how surreal it was to be playing to a crowd of this size, because the band was “used to playing 300 cap venues”. The band’s self-assuredness and infectious joy proved that Boyish were right at home on stage. They closed their set with single “FUCK YOU HEATHER,” with much enthusiasm from the crowd.
The Wombats took the stage with “Flip Me Upside Down” from their newest record Fix Yourself, Not the World. Fans were ready and excited to sing along with these new songs, regardless of the fact that the album was released just weeks before the show. While their set mostly focused on new songs, the Wombats made sure to indulge the crowd with hits from previous albums.
The Wombats prioritized fun during their set. During “Ready For the High” the band was joined by their tour manager, Gromo, who dressed in a wombat costume and danced around the stage. Lead vocalist Matthew Murphy was caught off guard when their wombat collapsed on stage and had to be carried off on a stretcher by paramedics. Murphy later explained that each night Gromo joins them onstage, he improves a new stunt, and he was worried that the paramedics signified a real emergency (it didn’t).
The Wombats completed their encore with new hits “Method to the Madness” and “Turn,” but couldn’t help but revisit an old favorite, “Let’s Dance to Joy Division.”
The Wombats are currently on tour in the United States until the end of February. They’ll visit South America and Europe before wrapping up their tour in July. View their website for more information here.