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Kaleo + Dan Mangan @ PNE Amphitheatre – June 23rd 2018

JJ Julius Son of Kaleo performing at the PNE Amphitheatre in Vancouver, BC on June 23rd 2018

Icelandic blues/rock band Kaleo stopped in at the PNE Amphitheatre in Vancouver this Saturday to treat an eager audience to a solid, passionate performance.

Opening the show was local rocker Dan Mangan. This was his first show in town in three years, and he, with the help of his band, started things off on the right foot. It was all about those sweet flowing tunes, drifting us all away under the blue skies of Summer. Mangan stood before the crowd with his acoustic in hand, delivering impassioned verses. The occasional smile sneaking across his face as he stared out at the joyous crowd.

Dan Mangan performing at the PNE Amphitheatre in Vancouver, BC on June 23rd 2018

Kaleo took the reigns soon after. Rubin Pollock, on lead guitar, Daníel Ægir Kristjánsson, on bassist, Davíð Antonsson, on drums, and Þorleifur Gaukur Davíðsson, on keyboards, sauntered out on stage, with lead singer JJ Julius Son following a few seconds later. The audience roared with excitement.

The band kicked things off with “Broken Bones” from their 2016 release A/B. The open-air venue became a giant harmonious sing along, the words of the chorus wafting beautifully through in the warm wind – “The devil’s going to make me a free man / The devil’s going to set me free”. It was a beautiful way to start the set.


The performance carried on as the sun set in the West.

The band powered out fan favourites like “Way Down We Go” and “Glass House”, and finished the night with “Rock N Roller”, from their 2014 self-titled release.

The lighting setup for the show was intricate and well planed. It wasn’t until the sun vanished that it was truly showcased.

JJ Julius Son of Kaleo performing at the PNE Amphitheatre in Vancouver, BC on June 23rd 2018

Behind the band, the backdrop of the stage was adorned with an enormous, twenty-foot-tall, top-down photo of Iceland, in beautiful high-resolution.

As I walked back to my car I felt refreshed and energized from the entire evening.

Kaleo has become one of my favourite bands in the last few years, and seeing them deliver heartfelt performances live makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Photos © Jamie Taylor // Cryptic Photography

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