As Clean Bandit took the stage at a sold-out Webster Hall in New York City on Friday (April 21) after two killer opening sets from Starley and Zara Larsson, the energy in the room was electrifying. The band, comprised of members Grace Chatto and brothers Jack and Luke Patterson and accompanied by a violinist and two vocalists, performed an energetic set of songs both familiar and new. Every piece blended together to make an unforgettable show.

Even though the band went from song to song without taking breaks, its members truly connected with the audience through their performance. They clearly enjoyed themselves and each other as they played, and you could see them smiling and laughing at each other throughout. They threw every part of their bodies into their instruments, shaking the entire venue and keeping the crowd dancing.

Between the choreography and the seamless flow between songs, it was clear that the show was well-rehearsed and the band was ready to give its audience a memorable night. The group showcased proficiency on its instruments, with Grace and Jack taking on multiple instruments within a song — Grace sang and played cello and percussion, while Jack doubled on bass, keys, and saxophone – and Luke kept the energy up throughout the band’s exhausting hour-and-a-half long set.

It wasn’t a surprise that Zara Larsson came back out onstage to perform her collab “Symphony,” but the real treat of the night was when Jess Glynne made a surprise appearance to sing the Grammy Award-winning dance song “Rather Be” for the encore.  


Brian Benton

Brian Benton is a writer and photographer based in Los Angeles.