Bauhaus @ O2 Academy Brixton

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Bauhaus @ O2 Academy Brixton

19th August 2022

Review & Videos by Demitri Levantis

Photography by Manu Volpina

I’ll start this review by saying I don’t believe in miracles but it was a miracle I made it to the O2 Brixton last Friday (19th Aug) amidst all the chaos on the London transport. Delayed gratification is something I’ve come to embrace over the past few years and the aforementioned chaos set the scene well for gothic rock forefathers, Bauhaus that evening.

Bauhaus
Bauhaus

Due to the strikes and problems faced by the crowd in getting to the venue, this was a one-band performance with no opening act. However, the fun was not diluted in any way. By the time I got into the venue it was already packed and once the lights dimmed, all hell broke loose in the best way a veteran darkwave band can do so.

All four original members of Bauhaus haven’t mellowed, as I’d noticed the last time I caught them in October last year at Alexandra Palace. Though I feel in comparison, the O2 was a better venue for the band as the sound was crisp and pristine from the moment the first note sounded.

 

Bauhaus

Before long there were classics pouring from the amps accompanied by the cheery voices of the crowd singing along in unison. “She’s in Parties” came first with Peter Murphy’s lustful croon echoing around the room saying the band meant business just as they did nearly 40 years ago.

Then it was the classic “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” to ring forth in its slow and melancholic atmosphere making me and everyone around me picture an epic funeral in the castle of Count Dracula accompanied by bats and solemn-faced virgin brides stricken with grief for the fallen hero of horror cinema.

Pristine musicianship and confidence emanated from Murphy, Danny Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J which gripped the crowd by the throat until it was time once again for rapturous applause.

Bauhaus
Bauhaus

“The Passion of Lovers” came next which was quite fitting for a venue whose façade bore a strong resemblance to a mansion house from Renaissance Italy that would make any keen theatre-goer think of Romeo and Juliet.

I can safely say the sound was on the band’s side and it translated fairly well into the amateur videos I took – apologies for poor quality and flashing lights, by the way.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and I feel this was the only bad thing about the whole evening. Given the aforementioned problems with transport, the band had to shorten their set meaning the whole thing ended on the camp and adventurous rendition of Bowie classic, Ziggy Stardust – a very fitting piece to end on in tribute to one of the best musicians of the last century.

Despite there not being an encore, everyone poured out of the venue onto the streets happy to have seen one of the best alternative bands in history despite the problems thrown at them over the last few weeks.

Please come back and play London again soon, Bauhaus.

Setlist: Rosegarden Funeral of Sores/Double Dare/In the Flat Field/A God in an Alcove/In Fear of Fear/Spy in the Cab/She’s in Parties/Kick in the Eye/Bela Lugosi’s Dead/Silent Hedges/The Passion of Lovers/Stigmata Martyr/Dark Entries/Sister Midnight/Adrenalin/Telegram Sam/Ziggy Stardust.