Words: Ailsa Harper.
It’s a Sunday night in Edinburgh, cold, wet and rainy; a stark contrast to the cosy and charged atmosphere in The Electric Circus where Bipolar Sunshine is playing his Edinburgh date of his UK tour. Hailing from Manchester and previously part of the six-piece Kid British, Adio Marchant has been recording solo under the pseudonym Bipolar Sunshine since 2012.
First up in the support slot are OSKAR, a five piece band who have a distinct alternative indie rock sound. The boys played an extremely tight set that warmed up the patiently waiting crowd; however it was the lead singer (who could easily be described as the Scottish version of Bono) that stole the show with his distinct and euphoric vocals. I’m sure there are great things to come from these guys in the near future.
The intimate venue continues to fill and an excitable crowd welcome the Bipolar Sunshine band members one by one to the stage and Adio launches into songs such as ‘Future’ and ‘Dreaming Butterflies’. Both of these songs have a dreamy and chilled out vibe, however the strong and funky baselines don’t fail to get the crowd moving. ‘Deckchairs on the Moon’ appears a crowd favourite with a loyal gathering of fans at the front of the stage singing along to every word.
His forty-five minute set offers a variety of song style with the middle part of his set undertaking a much darker tone; one of the highlights being an impressive cover of R.E.M’s ‘Mad World’ which Adio completely made his own. Towards the end of the set, the crowd interaction is kicked up a notch with better known songs such as ‘Daydreamer’ and ‘Where Did The Love Go’ but it is the anthemic chanting of the crowd singing along to the uplifting lyrics of ‘Love More Worry Less’ that is left ringing in my ears for hours and after the gig.
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