When we heard that St Pancras (yes, the train station) were putting on a series of weekly mini-gigs known as The Station Sessions, we were more than curious. How in the hell would it work? Actually surprisingly well, as we found out when we went to see the Don Broco boys.
The Station Sessions see St Pancras taken over every Thursday evening as up and coming bands get the chance to play an acoustic set. It’s a simple idea, and we’re not sure why it hasn’t been thought of before, and we wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
So we headed down to see Bring The Noise favourites Don Broco and we battled many a commuter to make it down in time to see the boys put on a speedy half an hour set. OK, so Don Broco are going from strength to strength and picking up followers wherever they may go, but would their sound really work at a busy train station?
It sure does, and whilst the set was brief, it was far from boring. Stripped back to an acoustic get up, the foursome played to a mix of dedicated fans and curious commuters and the crowd began to grow by the minute. Playing an altogether quieter set, we saw a slightly different side to Don Broco and the songs worked just as well. Crowd pleaser and sing-a-long favourite Priorities was a highlight, whilst previously unheard tracks reminded us why we were so excited for their upcoming debut album. Music aside, the band were pelted with a bag of bras and front man Rob Damiani managed to orchestrate an impressive conga line; not bad going for such a short slot.
The Station Sessions are quite frankly a brilliant idea – it’s a great way to bring new audiences to bands, put a smile on travelers faces and all the while it lets fans get up close and personal and if you can get down for the weekly, hour slots (music runs from 5:30 to 6:30, split between two acts) then you’re in for a treat. With only two sessions left – the 28th of June and the 5th of July – you’ve still got a chance to experience this totally unique experience.
For more information on The Station Sessions, head on over to the St Pancras website: http://stpancras.com/station-sessions
Written By: Becky Mount
Photos: Mike White