Review: Clean Bandit, Lancaster Library

Clean Bandit.
Clean Bandit.

Due to circumstances beyond their control Clean Bandit made their Lancaster public wait.

But they were worth it.

Best known for UK number one Rather Be, the group that fuse classical and dance music had to endure traffic problems that saw doors open 45 minutes later than originally planned.

And even once they took to the stage there were a few teething problems with the sound at the city’s most unusual venue.

But once they hit their stride, and that they did, Jack and Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith along with touring singers Elisabeth Troy and Florence Rawlings, proved why the band are the latest in an increasing long line to take in Lancaster Library on their way to superstardom.

If their set on Wednesday, April 30, is anything to go by, Rather Be is just the beginning for a band that with Grace on cello and Milan on violin put a unique twist on popular dance music.

Mozart’s House nods in both name and sound to the group’s classical routes, having been formed at Cambridge University when Jack Patterson started remixing Chatto’s classical pieces while she was in a string quartet with Amin-Smith.

With Troy and Rawlings providing the energy at the front the band raced through a 45-minute set that had young and old in attendance dancing from start to finish.

The old-school sound to some of their tracks meant it was apt that the two-song encore, of course finished by their number one single, opened with Robin S’ 1993 dance classic Show Me Love.

Rather Be was what everyone had been waiting for, but this was far from a one song show from a band who are sure to be a hit at festivals across the British Isles this summer.

And there was enough originality to suggest they’ll be around way beyond this year too.