The demand for tickets to see bands can be very unpredictable, sometimes no one turns up at all, and sometimes, like in the case of Crystal Fighters, you find yourself doing two gigs in the same venue in one night. Crystal Fighter’s are not an unknown quantity by any means, but having enough demand to sell out the Arena and force a “2nd option” is an honour often reserved for bigger names.
To say the crowd was young would be an understatement, with the average age hitting 20 at the maximum it was no surprise that a multitude of mosh pits and circle pits ensued as that “festival season feeling” was relived.
Lead singer Sebastian Pringle took to the stage looking like a caricature of Iron Man 3’s The Mandarin, and his on stage performance was as theatrically over the top as Ben Kingsley’s. It was an energetic, unbelievably positive show from the London based band as their hippie-roots shone through. Tracks like You and I, Love Natural, Plage and the many other wholesale hits went down a storm as the crowd got rowdier, sweatier, and the mosh pits became an even more regular occurrence.
Crystal Fighters make tunes to make you smile, to make you jump for joy and reminisce about warmer days in warmer climates. Judging by the smiles on the faces of those leaving the early showing and the streams of excited fans heading to the Arena for the 2nd gig, this may well have been the last chance to see them in such “intimate” conditions in Vienna.