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Review: Sleeping With Sirens light up the Roundhouse, and then some

Outside Camden’s Roundhouse, Sleeping With Sirens fans have been waiting since 2am to ensure they bag the best spot at the band’s headline London show.

Luckily for them, the ever-impressive Roundhouse ensures everyone has the best view in the house tonight. Not to mention the gigantic drum riser and neon ramps lining the stage, guaranteeing fans get more than just a glimpse of the Florida rockers in full headliner mode.

“I don’t even need to be here, you guys have got this’ 

Opening with Don’t Say Anything sets the sing-along bar suitably high, before the likes of Kick Me, We Like It Loud and Better Off Dead prove SWS fans are, without doubt, the loudest mob in North London on Mother’s Day. “I don’t even need to be here, you guys have got this,” says frontman Kellin Quinn on the crowd’s impeccable volume. Congratulations is a standout moment in its own right but with As It Is vocalist Patty Walters on guest mic duty, it has fans going absolutely wild. Stepping in for Memphis May Fire’s Matty Mullins seems to suit Patty pretty well, as he bounces around the stage toe-to-toe with Kellin.

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Their acoustic side suits them 

Confirming plans for a very special acoustic show at London’s Union Chapel this August, Sirens give us a taste of their softer side with a stunning rendition of Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris. The crowd pick up lead and backing vocals as they accompany the band on the iconic anthem. Scene Five: With Ears to See, and Eyes to Hear is delivered at an equally emotional pace, as Kellin’s vocals are laid bare in the circular venue.

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A lot of lights go a long way

“The only thing that matters with out music is this; you and us in a room together,” declares Kellin, managing to shrug off any backstage worries. With that, If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn shifts the set back into full gear, before an encore of Do It Now Remember It Later and If You Can’t Hang ends the night in lightening style. Special mention goes to the night’s lighting tech, whose dedication to strobes and colour coordination helps make this an unforgettable set. 

With the band going all out on production this time around – and to magnificent effect – we can’t wait to see how they strip everything back for the Union Chapel gig later this year.

Sleeping With Sirens will also play Reading and Leeds Festival 2016, taking place between 24 – 28 August, book now at Ticketmaster.co.uk.

See the full photo gallery from Sleeping With Sirens at London’s Roundhouse.

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