As we walked into the Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros gig at The Old Vic Tunnels, the first thing we were greeted by was a strangely dressed lady welcoming us to Mars. So things had started as they were meant to go on. This was much more than a gig—acrobats and dancers were hanging from the ceiling, and eerily moving from one room to next. A giant sun shone from one end of the venue, and a giant moon from the other. And just to make it all a little bit more weird… there was a ‘Wild West’ theme thrown into the Mars mix—so we were ordering drinks from a ‘saloon bar’ in the Old Vic Tunnels (naturally).

The Magnetic Zeros came on stage a few hours after we arrived—and they were amazing! Alex Ebert rocking his Jesus-like presence very nicely, and Jade Castrinos looking crazily, endearingly so happy, she was almost oblivious to anyone else in the room. Ending on ‘Home’, this definitely goes into my top 5 gigs of all time.

I’m hoping that there are more and more of these ‘more than just music’ gigs – bringing art, dance, music and film all under one roof seems like a very cool way for people to experience something different.

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