Live Review: Foals / Goat Girl – Brighton Centre, Brighton 27.04.2022

Michael Hundertmark

Foals latest tour finally come to Brighton to play an eager crowd at Brighton Centre after having been previously postponed and with luck this show had been added as an extra date as part of the ‘Life Is Yours Tour’

The opening act of the night is ‘Goat Girl’ who seem to be touring a lot along with the bigger stars more recently alongside Sam Fender. The band enlighten the Brighton centre with the twangy synth pop, heavy instruments feature and the odd bass-heavy rhythmic sound which is evident with the likes of the song ‘The Crack’, taken from their latest album’ On All Fours’

Goat Girl are a south London Post-Punk band and their initial lineup consisted of lead vocalist and guitarist  Clottie Cream (Lottie Pendlebury), guitarist and occasional Vocalist L.E.D (Ellie Rose Davies), bassist Hole (Holly Mullineaux) and drummer Rosy Bones (Rosy Jones) Goat and have played together since their school day. Evident tonight is that Goat Girl have come a long way with their wit and style since their debut album, but seemed a bit lost against the black curtain that would be for the spectacular Foals show is still to follow.

With the packed out bar area of Brighton Centre swiftly venturing back into the main hall filling every nook and cranny, with balconies already full of seated fans, when the curtain drops to reveal the bright and colourful floral display.  Yannis accompanied by leading his six-piece band to the more dancy style of new songs. The band certainly show off their grooves with the opening intro before heading into the realms of ‘The Runner’ and ‘My Number’ to get the crowds moving!

Greek-born Lead Vocalist Yannis Phillippakapis opens up the show with a greeting to the crowds and a loud cheer from the fans to 2021 single ‘Wake me up’ They bring a more colourful and an enlightening experience in comparison to the more grungier earlier song history.

The underlining tone still roots back to the Debut Album ‘Antidote’ with Yannis addressing the crowd he could feel and see erupting from the centre outwards with a massive mosh pit and an impressive light show by the time the heavy riffs ‘Providence’ and ‘Inhaler’ are played out.

It’s a welcome return for Foals to be in Brighton again, playing to a mass of red-eyed fans bouncing around to echoing riffs at the Brighton Centre, as the last time it was an intimate set as part of the Great Escape festival way back in 2019 and they will for certain gain new fans with their new album style and would stay on top their game with their ambience and structured live sets!

Wake Me Up
The Runner
Mountains at My Gates
Olympic Airways
My Number
Black Gold
2 am
Life Is Yours
In Degrees
Late Night
Spanish Sahara


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What Went Down
Two Steps, Twice

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