The British pop trio, whose sounds have often been compared to the likes of other British superstars like Coldplay and Idlewild, wowed the audience with sweet sounds off their new album Hopes and Fears. Lead singer Tom Chaplin’s dream-like voice floated effortlessly and gracefully in songs like "Can’t Stop Now," "Everybody’s Changing" and "Somewhere We Know."
Despite Chaplin’s penchant for exaggerated and cheesy arm movements – reminiscent of Celine Dion or the distracting convulsing head bops of piano player Tim Rice-Oxley – the band nevertheless held the audience captive with their beautiful melodies. Drummer Richard Hughes kept the rhythm going throughout the night, never overpowering Chaplin’s ethereal voice.
Opening act The French Kicks almost stole the night away with their hipster, New York sounds. Alternating between piano and strings, the band played songs off their new album The Trial of the Century as well as old favorites. Intellectual beats and an even cooler stage presence made this New York band all the more appealing.