Live Review: Wallows / May-a – Eventim Apollo, London 18.01.2023

Henry Groves

By Henry Groves

It took me 18 days into January to finally go to my first gig of the year. 2023’s opener was Los Angeles based Wallows. This was the ninth and final show of their UK tour and they have packed out the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. 

Their first London show in 3 years, and you could tell that there was quite a lot of excitement in the capital for this show. As queues snaked around the building, and people were camping at the bannister pretty much from door’s opening, there were some very eager members of the crowd.

Support came from MAY-A, delivering her alt-pop tunes and really getting the crowd going. Based on her set, she is a music star in the making. It won’t be long until she’s coming across for her own UK tour, I’m sure.

By this point, the crowd were buzzing, with every gap in the music playing over the speakers getting a cheer just in case that was when Wallows were going to hit the stage. As they walked onto the stage, the crowd erupted instantly and remained lively throughout. Riffs were chanted, stuffed animals were thrown on stage, and every lyric was sung back at them throughout setlist. 

Their new album “Tell Me That It’s Over” got as big a reception as their earlier discography, and even in the back rows of the circle, the interaction from the crowd was euphoric. There is no doubt that Wallows have made a big name for themselves, both sides of the pond, but if this is anything to go by, I would not miss their next UK outing.

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