• Georgia Griffiths

The Jungle Giants | Electric Brixton London

Hot on the heels of their Top 10 placement in Triple J's Hottest 100, Brisbane four-piece The Jungle Giants have embarked on a UK/EU tour. Saturday night saw them sell out Electric Brixton, making it their biggest London show yet.

Their set was a high-energy affair from start to finish, with vocalist Sam Hales dancing and jumping his way around the stage. His crowd engagement was especially impressive, from asking the names of particularly enthusiastic dancers to jumping down in the front row during a song. It was this that made the show so special - while the crowd loves hearing their songs, it's the connection The Jungle Giants have with their fans that makes them so popular.

Highlights of the set included older tracks 'Feel The Way I Do' and 'Bad Dream', but a surprise hit was latest release 'Sending Me Ur Loving'. Released just a fortnight ago, Sam admitted they hadn't played it live many times yet. Any nerves were quickly resolved, however, as it was very well received by an audience that already knew most of the words. Of course, the predominantly Australian crowd also went wild for 'Heavy Hearted', the track that saw the band place at Number 8 in this year's Hottest 100.

Overall, The Jungle Giants pulled off a very clean set for an adoring crowd. Already a stalwart of in the Australian live music scene, this show definitely proved they have the potential to translate well in the UK too.

Leeds-based band Far Caspian opened the show with a set that gave off very early-era Jungle Giants vibes. It was easy to see why they had been chosen as the support, as despite the venue being half-empty when they began, they still had the crowd bopping along by the end. They handled technical difficulties with ease and seemed very at home on the stage. Definitely a band to watch over the coming years!