Grouplove Leaves Me Tongue Tied: Concert Review

I remember the first time I heard of Grouplove at the start of my senior year of high school. Their album Never Trust a Happy Song dropped in September 2011, and their hit “Tongue Tied” was all over the radio. As a 17-year-old who tried to be one of the cool kids by blasting her car stereo music as she pulled into the school parking lot, this song was one of my go-tos.

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How I thought I looked driving to school my senior year.
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Six years later, I can still call myself a proud fan. After browsing upcoming concerts in the Rochester area, I saw that Grouplove was headlining Rover’s Holiday Hangover, a concert put on by radio station 94.1 The Zone, and they would be joined by four other bands. At a ticket price of only $25, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see a band I’ve loved for so long.

Next thing you know, my cousin, brother, and I hopped in a car and headed to the Main Street Armory for the show. And what a show it was.

As I often like to do with my posts, I’ll spare you a written play-by-play and instead let my photos and concert recap video do the talking. Apologies in advance for the blurriness in a few of them. I clearly couldn’t contain my excitement in the moment.

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Waiting for the concert to start.

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The Unlikely Candidates kicked things off with a short and sweet set. The lead singer had great stage presence and is the only person who could pull off that leopard print blazer.
Bleeker performed next and were equally as talented. My cousin and I ended up running into the guitar player on the left and chatted with him during a break between sets.
Judah & the Lion
Judah & the Lion performed after Bleeker and at one point, all band members put their shirts over their heads. Why? I have no idea. This is the only somewhat decent photo I got during their set.
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Lead singer Sarah Barthel of Phantogram wore this gorgeous bodysuit during their set that I couldn’t help but wish was in my own closet.
Grouplove finally took the stage three hours later, and it was well worth the wait.
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We got to the very front of the crowd at one point during Grouplove’s set, and lead singer Hannah Hooper stood on the railing that separated the stage from the fans. I grabbed her legs and helped boost her into the crowd (note that the blurriness of this photo is due to my unnecessary amount of excitement). 

And finally, here’s a short recap video of the few instances during the concert I was able to capture on camera. I highly recommend adding any of these bands to your list of artists to see live.



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