I’ve never been to Royal Albert Hall in London before. It’s quite an iconic building so when I got the chance to visit I didn’t turn the offer down. Over the weekend I went together with my house mate, his family and a previous house mate of ours to see The Cat Empire take on Royal Albert Hall.
Design of T Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall is a gorgeous building, both from the outside as well as on the inside. I like it’s oval shape as it builds to the character. It looks rather small from the outside but that could also be depending on the angle you’re looking at it from.
I really like the decorations inside, it’s all very majestic and I almost felt royal walking inside (I certainly didn’t look it). As you come in there are colourful walls, big doors, elegant dining and drinking areas etc. Up the long stairs to reach our level and more colourful walls, big doors and elegant rooms.
The actual stage and seating are placed in the middle of the building and of course it reflects the rest of the building and interior, it’s magnificent! I love the old suede seats, the ceiling decoration which showed great lighting effect later on and the whole atmosphere the venue is screaming out.
We had seats at the top but there is one more level, the standing balcony. I don’t really like heights but I managed as it wasn’t as steep view as the Grand in Leeds for example. Even though we sat very high up we were able to see the stage. The people on it might have been small but we could very well hear them.
I love learning about new music and artists and The Cat Empire had sure picked a good opening act for this. As soon as Andreya Triana, a British sing-song writer, entered the stage I knew she would have something great in store for us. She didn’t only look amazing but she oozed confidence on stage and what a voice. She had some really good songs which had me hooked straight away. A few slower songs in the middle but then she picked it up again and I listened to her during my bus trip home the day after.
The Cat Empire
The first time I heard one of The Cat Empires songs I was hooked, but only on that song. I’ve listened to them a few times after that but I can’t say I’m a proper fan like my house mate. This was the fourth time he’s seen them live and he did say this was the best performance out of those. Much of that has probably got to do with the venue.
It would seem a bit odd for The Cat Empire to play such a venue as Royal Albert Hall but now I feel it was perfect for them. They normally play smaller festivals where I believe they fit in really well but I can’t see how a gig there could be any better than the one in The Royal Albert Hall.
The acoustics in Royal Albert Hall is amazing and all the songs sounded so much better than I remember them from being played on Spotify. I want to go see every artist in the Royal Albert Hall from now on.
The Cat Empire played a lot of songs, 16 or so in total and they opened up with my favourite, ‘Brighter Than Gold’, which got me in a really good mood. As I don’t know all of the songs they all felt new to me and that was good. I still got caught in with the rest of the crowed and moved my hips now and again too. Being a mix of a ska and jazz band it’s difficult for the audience to sit still.
They have two singers, Felix and Harry and I believe Felix is the better singer of them both as his voice is far more interesting to listen too. He told us the story of where he got the idea for the band name. His 8 year old brother at the time had drawn a picture which the band is named by. his brother is now a lot older and was in London too to sing on one of the songs they performed after the call backs. It was great and such a personal touch which added more credit to the gig.
Have you ever been to The Royal Albert Hall? What did you think of it?