Preview: Fightstar at London Forum (16/12/14)

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Fightstar will play the London Forum on 16th December as one of two 10 year anniversary dates. This will be their first show since 2010, when the band went on an indefinite hiatus to pursue individual projects.

The post-hardcore quartet’s first EP, They Liked You Better When You Were Dead, was released in early 2005, amid much scepticism due to frontman Charlie Simpson’s former pop career, yet the EP was a critical success. A year later, Fightstar released their full-length debut, Grand Unification, which was also received well by critics. Grand Unification was followed in 2007 by One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours, and the band’s most recent release, 2009’s Be Human, which included singles ‘The English Way’ and ‘Mercury Summer’ among others.

During their hiatus, frontman Charlie Simpson launched his solo career, and has released an EP and two solo albums. Guitarist Alex Westaway and bassist Dan Haigh worked on making music for film, in a project entitled ‘Gunship’.

Despite being dormant since 2010, tickets for Fightstar’s 10 year anniversary show sold out within minutes, resulting in the band adding a second date on 15th December at the O2 Academy Brixton. Evidently, Fightstar have by no means been forgotten. And any band who can generate this much excitement after falling completely off the radar for four years, is clearly a band not to miss.

Tickets for Fightstar at the London Forum are sold out, but tickets for their extra date at the O2 Academy Brixton on 15th December can be bought from here. Support from We Are The Ocean (Brixton only), More Dangerous Animal (Brixton & the Forum), and Take The Seven (the Forum only). 

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