Nothing But Thieves have denied sexual assault allegations that have been made against them on social media and go ahead with their planned show in Southampton.
Accusations against members of the band were shared on Twitter on Monday. Following the allegations, a gig they were due to headline for NME in London was cancelled.
Nothing But Thieves are continuing to tour despite allegations of sexual assault being aimed at the band in the past week. In a public statement, the former Westcliff High School students said they “100 percent deny” the allegations.
Vladimira Dovalova went to their Southampton show last week and gave us her thoughts.
For those who are not familiar with the band, Nothing But Thieves are an alternative rock band that formed in 2012 in Southend, but it took them three years to sign to the RCA record label and finally release their debut eponymous album. They have already performed in Southampton, but now they came back after releasing their sophomore album Broken Machine (that came out 8.9.2017). As we can see by most of their shows being sold out – including this one at O2 Guildhall – their fanbase is constantly expanding.
The group that supported them played only half an hour set, and made the waiting bearable, without leaving too much of an impression. After that, the crowd had to wait another 45 minutes, because preparing the stage for the main act took quite a long time. But it was definitely worth it, and when the band finally came on stage, they hit it off with a proper opener I’m Not Made By Design with a massive sound. From that moment, they used crazy stroboscope effects and synchronised lighting show using several strategically located lighting poles. The background of the stage was a huge Broken Machine cover artwork – statue-like girl with cracks over her face and neck, revealing her golden core.
Their lead singer Conor Mason delivered a great authentic performance, while visibly enjoying himself on the stage. His vocals were exceptional as always, especially while singing acoustic songs without the rest of the band. Other highlights of the show were Drawing Pins that got the crowd singing along to the chorus, an intense rock blast Hanging, and an encore that included Particles.
Nothing But Thieves can put on a show that is very satisfying to both visually and audibly. As they’re still not being too popular for massive overcrowded arenas, fans are able to enjoy their gigs in the more intimate atmospheres.
They will continue touring throughout Europe, finishing in Australia in December.
By Vladimira Dovalova