The Neighbourhood played a sold-out set at Observatory North Park fresh off their latest release.

The Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood

Before The Neighbourhood took the stage, Kid Bloom brought their groovy dance vibes to the stage. For those who love the infectious, dance-y, and sometimes sad tunes of COIN, Bad Suns, or The 1975, Kid Bloom is perfect. While the genre may not be new, Kid Bloom’s music feels fresh and full of energy, matched by a performance that easily won the crowd. Check out their newest release, “Prom?”.

Kid Bloom

Kid Bloom

Since breaking through with their hit track “Sweater Weather” in 2012, The Neighbourhood has continued to find success, playing countless festivals and tours. Their recent self-titled album dropped earlier this year and a new EP, aptly-titled Ever Changing, was released just in time for their current tour. While The Neighbourhood’s sound has morphed over the years as they’ve grown – both in audience size and as musicians – they always managed to stay true to their signature sound. The same could also be said for the LA-based group’s live performance; frontman Jesse Rutherford has become an icon in his own right and shines on stage. The image of Rutherford swinging out an a wrecking ball over the crowd has become an unofficial logo of sorts for the band, even being featured on merchandise.

The Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood

Staying on brand, a large mic on a chain hung from the ceiling, creating a stunning visual. Rutherford has stayed true to his signature dance moves and antics, at one point jumping into the crowd stage-right and crowdsurfing to the other side. The Neighbourhood fully brings in the audience to their world during the live shows, and the music changes in the all the best ways. If given the opportunity to see this band live, absolutely take it.

Photos and review by: Christine Heyne