Yungblud’s tiny show was put on as part of BRITs Week, together with O2 in aid of War Child – an amazing charity who help children around the world who are affected by war and conflict. The money raised goes directly to helping these children – looking after them and their well being, as well as giving them access to education and the chance to be a child again. Last year, BRITs week, with the help of O2, raised an amazing £502,000 for this important cause.
Opening with ‘Parents’, Yungblud rioted onto the stage with an infectious grin from ear to ear as he looked out into the crowd. The squished fans at the front desperately tried to get themselves just a little closer, when even at the back of the room, it was still much nearer than many fans could have dreamed of being at his normal, much larger shows. Going from selling out Brixton academy with a queue outside which lapped the venue to playing the 220 capacity Camden Assembly in aid of War Child, it was obvious that this was going to be something special.
Next up was a song that Dom said they hadn’t played in a while – ‘Psychotic Kids’. To say the crowd lost it is a complete understatement. Despite the tiny stage that they could barely fit on, the band brought an insuppressible amount of energy and power to their set, which was reflected by the crowd as there were pits to every song.
“I have missed you so fucking much.” Called out Dom. “Who’s been outside since three am? For fuck sake, man, it’s freezing,” he laughed, addressing the fans who were directly in front of the stage. “So legend has it, this floor is a bit fucking un-sturdy, so should we make it a bit more un-fucking-sturdy? Break this fucking floor!” He shouts as the beginning riff of ‘King Charles’ has the crowd off their feet.
‘I Love You, Will You Marry Me?’ is definitely a crowd favourite. Dom clearly trusts his fans a lot as, during this song, he opened up a circle pit and let them collide around him as he performed from the centre of the crowd, while still playing guitar.
“We have been cooped up like chickens in a fucking studio, writing the next album, and every fucking day I want to be back on stage! And tonight, as I always say, I am with my family; I have missed you so fucking much. Have you missed each other? Nah, you’re all lying – you talk every fucking day, don’t lie to me!” Yungblud has one of the most connected fan bases I have seen in a while; they have so many groups on social media where they all talk; they organise their own meet-ups and just generally look out for each other, which is really nice to see.
“You make me feel like I can fucking belong in this world, and I fucking love you so fucking much.We will fucking say this till the day we fucking die because we will refuse to be called fucking ignorant or stupid, and whatever people say, we don’t care because we have got each other!” He then went into performing ‘Anarchist’.
Later in the set, things finally slowed down for a raw, hard-hitting acoustic version of ‘Casual Sabotage’. “Are you ready to get sad with me, London? It’s so crazy being this close to you! There is no place I would rather play this song, to be honest. Because this song is so fucking important to me, and you know it is because this is my letter to you, my first fucking letter to you; trust me, I will be writing many fucking more.
“This is a letter to you saying thank you, because each and every one of you saved my fucking life! Before I found you, I felt so fucking lost and alone in this world. I felt that people looked at me like I didn’t fucking belong. I’d wake up in the morning and felt fucking wrong and didn’t know why, but I don’t anymore; do you want to know why? Because I have fucking found you! And I know I am never gonna let you go, and you’re never gonna let me go. This is fucking forever.”
Before the craziness picked up again, Yungblud played ‘Waiting on the Weekend’ acoustically. It was captivating, with the crowd singing back every line.
After the crowd chanted “Ice Cream Man” over and over again, they decided to play the new unreleased track to the crowd – half of which were completely losing it, and the other half looking rather bewildered and confused. It was a rather amusing atmosphere.
During ‘Braindead!’, a girl asked to play drums; due to the click tracks, etc. she couldn’t play them properly, but Dom brought her up onto the stage and gave her a drum stick to whack the cymbals with.
The night concluded with the optimistic ballad that is ‘Hope for the Underrated Youth’, and then ‘Machine Gun’, during which there was a stage invasion. As many fans as possible clambered onto the stage, creating a pit around the band, which isn’t something that can happen at his larger shows and so was rather special, and a brilliant way of ending such a phenomenal gig.
To find out more about the amazing things that War Child does please follow this link.