There was carnage at The Pigeon Detectives gig at London’s Dingwalls as rabid fans performed a stage invasion.
Dingwalls is intimate. Really intimate. Cramming hundreds of people under the influence of alcohol into a small space is a recipe for a lovely, messy gig. Throwing The Pigeon Detectives into the mix delivered exactly what the crowd craved.
Following support from The Hares, the band stormed on to the tiny stage to a rapturous reception and didn’t waste any time with idle chit chat – tearing straight into the set with new single “I Won’t Come Back” followed by their untiring first album hit “I Found Out”.
Bowman is an excellent frontman who clearly has the time of his life performing on stage. Swirling the microphone around his head and hurling himself around the stage, Bowman’s passion and energy is the driving force behind the band.
Thankfully, Bowman doesn’t indulge in much awkward conversation with the crowd. Although he does issue a “health and safety warning” saying that they could touch him anywhere – apart from on the microphone because, as he explained: “I want to keep my teeth!” Bowman seems more comfortable challenging the audience to crowd surf him (multiple times) than with talking – which can only be a good thing.
The band winds the already intoxicated crowd until they’re really amped up and sweaty, they prance through live staples “Emergency”, “Romantic Type”, “Keep Your Dress” and enduring fan favourite “Take Her Back”.
As a night of glorious debauchery draws to a blistering climax, the Pigeons finish off with one of their first album’s hit singles and perennial live favourite: “I’m Not Sorry”. However, the night did not end as expected.
Extraordinary scenes rapidly developed as the crowd turned animalistic as they swarmed onto the stage. Most of the band stayed and celebrated in the scrum with their fans (as mass jubilation and hysteria ensued) sharing items of clothing and drum sticks with fans (I managed to get one of the drum sticks!).
Security at the venue eventually cleared the stage and a truly outstanding gig came to an end. The Pigeon Detectives were on fine form, and the intimate setting played to their strengths tenfold. It was an outstanding and mind blowing performance.
Thinking about it, Dingwalls could be seen as a step down for a band that had once headlined the massive AlexandraPalace. The band has never quite reached the same commercial success that they enjoyed with their debut album “Wait For Me” (which reached #3 in the charts!).
But in spite of this, they are still a sensational live band. Bowman is a confident, supreme showman, with a stage-filling persona who is undeniably mesmerising to behold live. For playing the intimate Dingwalls in all of its sweaty, claustrophobic, stage invading glory, Bowman and the band should receive nothing but praise.
The Pigeon Detectives were playing Camden’s own Dingwalls on May 9 as part of their UK tour in support of their fourth LP “We Met At Sea” – which was released last month. The Pigeon Detectives are back in London 30th October playing London KOKO.