Returning to Manchester for a second year, The Dirty Hit Tour took over Gorilla on Thursday evening for a showcase of the London label’s upcoming talents; Oscar Lang, No Rome and Beabadoobee.
Eighteen year old Oscar Lang kicked off proceedings with thirty minutes of his self produced bedroom pop, smashing through sing-along choruses one after another via the likes of Snacks and Trash. However, poor sound quality left most of the set sounding identical, with song changes only really recognisable due to Lang’s excitable mid-set chatter.
Said excitement transferred greatly to his crowd, the majority of which would have been in the same age group as Lang, making for mosh pits and bouncing heads down the front. Despite that ability to hype up what was a relatively small crowd, Lang’s age definitely shows on stage. The chaotic energy of him and his band, combined with an almost mouthy on stage persona left things feeling a bit on the immature side, which alongside poor sound put a slight dampener on his opening set.
The slightly more confident sounds of No Rome took things up a notch for the second slot of the evening, bouncing on stage to the sound of Do It Again. The twenty-two year old’s slick beats and catchy hooks sounding like that of a much more established as they bounce off the walls of the intimate space.
There’s not a track on the set list lacking in quality or energy, with Talk Nice and Saint Laurent making strong highlights. Pink however, was met with a huge crowd singalong, giving the impression that No Rome possesses much more of a rock’n’roll stage presence than previously anticipated. Ending on his The 1975 collab debut Narcissist, it’s clear to see that No Rome is more than deserving of his rapid success.
Closing the show with her DIY bedroom pop, Beabadoobee easily achieved the biggest crowd reaction of the evening; met with deafening cheers as she took to the stage. If You Want To and Apple Cider dispel of the crowd chatter which had become constant throughout the evening, Bea firmly capturing attention with her grunge-esque take on dream pop.
A mix of early material, including 2017 debut Coffee and the more recently release Space Cadet pleases all in attendance, proving Bea more than capable of exciting a crowd who may not necessarily have attended just for her. Ending on She Plays Bass, in which she takes a breather to “open up a fucking pit!”, Beabadoobee brought high energy and boundless confidence to Gorilla through melancholic bedroom pop.
All in all, Dirty Hit pulled off a quality evening filled with young, diverse talent which proved exactly why the label is so popular with young indie kids. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Dirty Hit have a roster guaranteed for even more success in the coming years.
Photography by Ianthe Warlow