Gig review: Rat Boy, Zibra and Vitamin at The Wardrobe, Leeds

Rat Boy. Picture: Ben Parks
Rat Boy. Picture: Ben Parks
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Saturday night saw Rat Boy bring his chaotic tour to The Wardrobe with support from local lads Vitamin and Tottenham-based quartet Zibra.

First up were Vitamin who play indie jangle-pop and took their chance to show this rowdy Leeds crowd tracks soon to be released as singles, including ‘To Believe’.

Zibra, the next band to take to stage, are armed in shirts almost as psychedelic as the music they play and rolled up trousers. Just before they have chance to end their set, Rat Boy finds himself engulfed in the crowd during their song, ‘Paris’. “Stop stealing my hat!” Being stand-out quote of the evening...

The Boy himself bounds on stage at 9.50pm, and it’s a set that passes by far too quickly for this already dedicated crowd.

The crowd know every word to every song as Rat Boy and his band speed through tracks like ‘Stick Up Kid’ and ‘Sportswear’ but the night only gets rowdier as the crowd get more fired up when the set gradually comes to an end as he plays his more popular material like ‘Left 4 Dead’ and the single which saw him rise to “indie stardom” earlier this year, ‘Sign On’.

With circle pits opening up all over the venue Rat Boy, ends his set on ‘Fake ID’.

However, the crowd are far from ready to leave and welcome him back into the crowd for one last jump around.