The Observatory OC in Santa Ana, California, on a Friday night is always a sight to see. As one of the longest running intimate venues in the Orange County area, the biggest stars of the hip hop and rock worlds have always made it a point to add this favorite to their tour when in Southern California. This last Friday night was no different. The Wombats, one of the biggest English indie rock bands on tour this year, graced the main stage for a packed out performance. The venue was already filled to the brim when the second opener, Future Feats, performed their energizing set. As the Future Feats left the stage, the crowd in the Observatory became anxious with excitement. The energy was palpable as the stage lights finally dimmed in anticipation of The Wombats’ entrance.
As Matthew Murphy, vocalist and guitarist, Tord Knudsen, bassist, and Dan Huggis, drummer, entered the stage during a black out, the crowd rushed towards the stage in excitement. The fans went wild as the indie pop group opened with their new single “Cheetah Tongue,” kicking off the dance party in full force. They continued the evening with a mix of old favorites, such as leading the crowd in a chant during their classic “Kill the Director,” and new releases to soon be on the 2018 album like “Lemon to a Knife Fight.” Murphy interacted with the audience all night as everyone danced the night away. Knudsen jumped around the stage and propelled his bass guitar into the air one handed to the amazement of the crowd. They ended their set with fan favorite, “Let’s Dance to Joy Division,” and continued with encore performance of classics “Turn” and “Greek Tragedy.” At the end of their dance filled set, fans left the venue feeling energized and eager for the release of their new album “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life” next month in February.
The last stops on their North American tour are coming up in Vancouver, Canada, on January 30th and Seattle, Washington, at the Showbox on January 31st. Be sure to check them out while they’re still on the road before the release of their new album. This is a tour you don’t want to miss.
Photos by: Sarah Woods
The Wombats upcoming tour dates:
*with Weezer and The Pixies
January 31 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
June 23 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
June 26 New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square*
June 27 Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion*
June 29 The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
June 30 Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater*
July 6 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center*
July 7 Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
July 8 Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
July 10 Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion*
July 11 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center*
July 13 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre*
July 14 Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage*
July 15 Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheatre*