The entrance to the right of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel looks as unassuming as any other apartment building. The two doormen, still looking bewildered at the number of young and ‘clearly not wealthy enough’ people in their building, usher us to the lift. Two more flights of stairs and an enormous corridor later, you arrive. The St. Pancras Clock Tower awaits.
The St. Pancras Clock Tower is stripped back to its open brick walls stretching up through the vast space above us towards the clock itself. With a view over London to rival any building, the space holds a spiritual energy. Jon Hopkins’ ‘Open Eye Signal’ plays as the crowd come together which only serves to heighten the anticipation before Night Games begin their performance.
Tonight’s gathering is part of an intimate series of DIY shows in unusual spaces, which the duo simply title ‘Night Games #3’ (for it’s the third so far in the series), intent on keeping the mystique and wonder of the live performance intact, Night Games breathe an air of unpredictability back into the live arena.
This last year has seen Night Games release a handful of original singles. The gothic setting served as the perfect opportunity for the pair to showcase their brand of melancholic synth pop. Connie spun across the room revelling in the scene as she told the packed crowd that it was a privilege to perform ‘at the edge of time’.
The dreamy slowness of each track had the audience swaying, with their cover of ‘Everything But The Girl’ and original track ‘Faithless’ as particular highlights. The gig was a testament to Night Games; for proving that live music is about more than just the sound. Pushing the limit on what’s possible will win them loyal fans eager for more. As 2017 opens up, look out for more like this from the duo.
Details of ‘Night Games #4’ will be announced soon, keep an eye fixed on their social media feeds for the confirmed date and venue. The band’s new single ‘Replicant’ is out now, which can be found on iTunes here.