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Panic At The Disco In London: “A Real Contender For Most Fun Gig Of The Year”

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 13 January at 15.31
Panic At The Disco In London: “A Real Contender For Most Fun Gig Of The Year”

So. Much. Fun.

Back in 2006, Panic! At The Disco played four consecutive nights at London's Brixton Academy off the back of their debut album 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'.

A lot has happened in the decade that's passed since then, but now Brendon Urie is back headlining the same venue. There's no circus this time, no gimmicks (barring a natty personalised silver jacket), just he and three friends rattling through a set that takes in as many new gems as it does old favourites.

From 'Don't Treaten Me With A Good Time' - which starts the night in bombastic, hip-shaking fashion - to the filthy vegas vibe of 'Girls/Girls/Boys', there's one thing on the minds of band and crowd alike. F.U.N.



The fanfare of 'La Devotee' ramps up into 'Time To Dance', while newbie 'Hallelujah' shows off Brendon's ever-impressive vocal range as he stretches his voice to (quite literally) new highs.

"You guys are fun as shit!" he cries as he watches the synchronised handclaps stretch all the way to the back of the room. When was the last time you saw an entire venue get involved?

An appropriately flamboyant, rangy cover of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and a romp through 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies' sandwich a poignant snippet of David Bowie's 'Oh! You Pretty Things' (100% of all merch proceeds were donated to Cancer Research UK too. Classy), and Urie's flexibility is only showcased further as he straps on a Telecaster to tiptoe through 'New Perspective'.



There's no encore tonight, just a bunch more songs, so 'Victorious', 'This Is Gospel' and 'Emperor's New Clothes' round out the first show of Panic!'s 'Death Of A Bachelor' era in emphatic fashion, and make tonight a real contender for most fun gig of the year. In January.

Panic! hit the UK again in May, and Slam Dunk Festival is going to be fun as shit.

WORDS: Andy Biddulph / PHOTOS: Justine Trickett. Click here for a full gallery from the show.

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