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introMitsubishi-Electric-Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany
29th November 2016
Bastille & Rationale

BASTILLE toured in support of their new album ‘Wild World’ and played four shows in Germany. The last of them and also the final show of their tour took place in Düsseldorf and was completely sold out. Screaming girls in the front rows and devoted fans celebrated their memorable hooks loudly. As support, BASTILLE brought RATIONALE with them.


RATIONALE is the project of Tinashé Fazakerly. Even though there is no info about the band, neither on their website and Facebook, nor on the label website, the band already seemed to have quite a following judging by the girls standing in the crowd and holding signs up with „Rationale“ written on it etc. Their show was introduced by a trailer of an imaginary radio show. The music they present id kind of poppy, too poppy for my taste, but the audience loved it. Tinashé spread a special charisma with his attitude and dance moves, directly reaching the hearts of the fans, especially of the girls who went wild. The band presented nine funky tracks, including ‘Re.Up‘, ‘Fast Lane’, ‘Good Life’, ‘Something for Nothing’ and as final song ‘Fuel to the Fire’, sprinkling with soul. RATIONALE got the crowd dancing and screaming and definitely warmed them up very well for the main act of the evening. / 

Music: 7
Performance: 8
Sound: 7
Light: 8
Total: 7.5 / 10



London-based BASTILLE used to be the solo project of singer-songwriter and film freak Dan Smith. In 2010, his friends Kyle Simmons (keys), Will Farquarson (bass) and Chris ‚Woody' Wood (drums) joined him and BASTILLE became an Indie Rock band. Their debut ‘Bad Blood’, was released in March 2013 and entered the UK album charts at number one where it remained three weeks in total. The band played at the biggest open airs in Europe such as Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Isle of Wight Festival and also at the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park. This September, the quartet unleashed their follow-up record ‘Wild World’ on their legion of fans. In shortest time, the album reached best chart positions in Europe, among them two weeks on top position in UK charts. / 


Music & Performance
During the changeover, the already known radio news speaker sweetened the waiting time for the fans with cookies and then introduced the headliner of the evening, BASTILLE. Deafening noise of more than 7,000 fans floated through the hall welcoming their stars. The show kicked off with ‘Send them off’ from the current album ‘Wild World’, of course accompanied by unmistakable screams from the audience. UK flags were weaved, and self-created signs held by mainly young fans greeted the idols from England. The set continued with ‘Laura Palmer’ from the 2013 released album ‘All this bad blood’, followed by ‘Warmth’ and ‘Snakes’ from the current album. The audience was later absolutely unstoppable with ‘Flaws’ which was sung by singer Dan Smith while he was walking through the hall. Being one time very close to your idol… a dream came true for many fans. Finally now you could see it in the face of nearly every visitor: I am at the right place! Shining Eyes and tears of joy are shown on the big video screens and also the noise level – that lowered a bit in the meantime – is now very present again.


Split by another interlude with TV transmission the show now went on with ‘Oblivion‘ and ‘Lethargy’ until with ‘Things We Lost In the Fire’ an absolute hit from 2013 was played. After ‘The Draw’ and another interlude, two more songs from the current album followed, ‘The Currents’ and ‘The Anchor’. Next up was the title song of the first album, ‘Bad Blood’. After this older tune, two more new songs followed with ‘Four Walls’ and ‘Blame’. Another highlight of the evening was without any doubt surely ‘Of The Night’, sung by Dan on the B-Stage in the middle of the audience. He definitely masters the contact to the audience very well and fans were happy about it. Another interlude followed, used by Dan to return to the big stage. With ‘Fake it’, ‘Weight of Living II’, ‘Glory’ and ‘Good Grief’, the concert slowly comes to an end. But of course there is first a three songs grasping encore bloc. After – what a miracle – another interlude, Dan and guitarist Will Ferquarson appeared on the upper gods of the hall to visit the audience there as well and to play ‘Two Evils’ there.


After ‘Icarus’ followed first a birthday serenade for one of the crew members before RATIONALE enters the stage once more. Together with the headliner, their hit ‘Pompeii’ is presented and also the audience is challenged to loudly sing along. Even though you had the impression it was much shorter, the evening ended after 3.5 hours and people returned to reality. But not only the concert was coming to an end, also the European part of the “Wild Wild World Tour”. We wish BASTILLE all the best for their upcoming shows in America.

01. Send Them Off!
02. Laura Palmer
03. Warmth
04. Snakes
05. Flaws (Dan in the Crowd)
- The Bad News (Interlude) -
06. Oblivion
07. Lethargy
08. Things We Lost in the Fire
09. The Draw
- News Room (Interlude) -
10. The Currents
11. The Anchor
12. Bad Blood
13. Four Walls (The Ballad of Perry Smith)
14. Blame
15. Of the Night (Dan at Mixing Desk - B-Stage)
- Campaign Trail (Interlude) -
16. Fake It
17. Weight of Living, Pt. II
18. Glory
19. Good Grief
- Cartography (Interlude) -
20. Two Evils (Dan and Will at the Balcony)
21. Icarus
22. Pompeii (with Rationale)

Music: 7
Performance: 8
Sound: 7
Light: 8
Total: 7.5 / 10


All Pictures by Daniela Vorndran ( /

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