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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Live Review: The Midnight Beast - Oxford O2 Academy


It is not often a queue for the Oxford O2 Academy winds down more than one street. Even more rare is for the said queue to consist entirely of pre pubescent squealers. As we readied ourselves for the night ahead we strolled into the venue, nearly an hour after doors opened.

We were disappointed to find the supporting act ‘Joe Setz’ playing a club mix before attempting to DJ. He did however prove to thrill the younger audience, who probably thought of the opening to their evening as their first taste of club life. It did however prove to be a weird atmosphere to set up such a cutesy pop set.

However, as soon as The Midnight Beast took the stage we could tell it would be an interesting set. Introducing themselves in patterned onesies their vibrant energy circulated around the room. The teeny boppers went wild, their screeches almost deafining anyone past their adolescence.

During their performance of ‘House Party’ the trio donned brunette wigs and sung Rebecca Blacks ‘Friday’. It seems the theme of popular culture was used throughout as we were introduced to ‘Just another boy band’ with the nationwide known X Factor theme tune.

It seemed that the boys stuck to their YouTube roots as they maintained their home made ethos. Offering a variety of props and quirky additions to their set, including bubbles, foam swords and a very large mask of Kanye Wests imposing head. Their rather unfortunate out-of-sync dance routines seemed more evident against their attractive backing dancers, whom kept the older ladies ogling throughout. Although terrible with their moves they did improve as the set progressed and their vocal performance was well rehearsed and brilliant.

For the oddly titled and some what irrelevant ‘Pizza in Ibiza’ the backing dancers sprung out once more, looking delicious dressed as pepperoni and mushroom pizzas. Unfortunately there seemed to be no vegetarian option.

The parody of Jay Sean’s identically titled ‘Down’ proved a comical delight. Seeing Stefan Abingdon donning a foam six pack and with knobbly knees and hideous boxers galore. Their adorable pop continued with ‘Friends For Never’ dedicated to an ecstatic female fan.
‘Ninja’ proved interesting as the primary colours lit up the stage. With an oriental introduction and more marvellous props, the audience watched in awe as the Teletubbies Dipsy (green) and Po (red) became very sexually explicit upon the stage.

The final song choice came as no surprise as they began the oh-so-famous parody ‘Tik Tok’. Claiming it was in fact Ke$ha, who did a parody of their music. It was nice to see the boys pay their respects as they maintained the original lyrics which refer to the late singer.

The Midnight Beast proved to be an incredibly adorable, fast paced and energetic band to see. Even worth being surrounded by their intense younger fans. Although one of the shortest sets I have attended the boys left their audience entertained and lively.  Although I was dissapointed to find that there was no encore, although understandable considering the boys limited songs.

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