CHART-TOPPING indie band Bastille wowed the crowds with a spellbinding performance at Carlisle’s Sands Centre.

The group played an ‘apocalyptic house party’ set to hundreds of fans on Saturday night as part of their nationwide Doom Days Club Nights tour.

Kicking off with DJ mixes, the energetic concert took music-lovers on a journey with their latest album which focus’ on a big night out in search of distraction from the end of the world, starting with hit track, Quarter Past Midnight.

The concert continued with tracks such as Bad Decisions, Doom Days, 4AM, and ending in a glimmer of optimism as dawn breaks with Joy.

But the musical masterpiece couldn’t end without acknowledging the bands track of the moment - which recently propelled to stardom as the song for the John Lewis Excitable Edgar Christmas advert - Can’t Fight This Feeling.

A selection of fan-favourites were also performed, including breakthrough hit Pompeii, which got the packed venue singing along.

Delighted frontman Dan Smith took to Twitter minutes after the gig ended to praise a ‘brilliant’ crowd, and shared some photos from their visit to the city.


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Prior to the concert, the four-piece took took a trip through the Hardwicke Circus underpass to explore Carlisle Christmas Market, and uploaded a number of photos and videos of their travels on Instagram.

Niall Sanderson, marketing and operations officer from The Sands Centre told the News & Star: “It’s always fantastic to welcome a global name such as Bastille to Carlisle, with this big gig rounding off a huge year for live music at The Sands Centre.

“The atmosphere was incredible, with fans travelling both from within the city to right across the world to see their favourite band live in Carlisle.”

Bastille are the latest in a long line of big music and entertainment guests to perform in the city this year.

Music stars The Script, Madness, The Courteeners, Kaiser Chiefs, Adam Ant, The Vamps, Collabro, plus comedians Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Russell Kane have all held shows within the past 12 months at The Sands Centre.

More acts are set to take to the stage in Carlisle next year, including James Arthur, Ross Noble, Rob Beckett, The Shires, Jack Dee and Jason Donovan.