Before the first of two sold out shows at Los Angeles’ historic Wiltern, Glass Animals delighted their eager fans. Kicking off the concert with a few favorites from their Zaba album, things really got kicked into high gear when they broke into their smash hit, Hazey. The young and fashionable crowd roared approvingly and dancing broke out from those standing against the stage in the very front, all the way to the back of the venue and upstairs to the balcony. The show was a party.
The stage was dark but colorful, with cool decorations, such as palm trees and unique light fixtures. The setting and the rather impressive light show matched the dreamy and psychedelic rock that the English indie band has become known for. Although it was often difficult to hear lead singer Dave Bayley over the cheers of the crowd, he checked in with the audience often to make sure everyone was having a good time. One of the biggest cheers came when he mentioned that many might have heard the next song from Coachella, where, no doubt, many of the patrons first experienced Glass Animals.
Glass Animals ended the night with a two song encore, that included their cover of Kanye West’s Love Lockdown and their most recognizable song, Pools. Not to be confined to the stage, frontman Bayley stretched his mic cord out and hopped into the crowd to perform the finale song. He was surrounded by shocked faces and cell phones trying to capture the moment. Following the song’s end, he thanked everyone and told them he would see everyone again the following night for the second show.