TRANSGRESSIVE RECORDS 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT | London, Barbican

Transgressive Records have spent a decade encouraging and releasing music by bands as varied as The Subways, Regina Spektor, Noisettes, Foals and Iron & Wine. They are a hallmark for musical class and their anniversary line-up reflected this quality — if not quite the diversity — of the last ten years.

Marika Hackman opened the evening with a set that was thoroughly impressive. While not yet full, the hall took in the gorgeous blend of her voice, band and writing — she was a revelation. More punters/industry people were in their seats by the time Dry the River took the stage, and they did a fair job moving the night to its halfway point.

The party atmosphere underwent a raucous shift as the Mystery Jets took to the stage — Transgressive bagged the band for their first gig in London in over a year. It was a delight to see fans flood down the aisles and into the stalls for an electric set that also included an appearance from Laura Marling on Young Love. Rounding it all off, Johnny Flynn led The Sussex Wit folk-juggernaut in a barnstorming set of pulsating tunes, cue more dancing and grateful ovations.

If this gig lacked something, it was the variety synonymous with past Transgressive releases — there was a consistency in sound across that acts that flirted with homogeny. However, this was an evening for grateful fans, musicians, friends and family to say thanks to Transgressive and it was said with volume, energy and love.

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