What began as a solo project has now morphed into one of the most popular indie bands in the world today. The ensemble in question is none other than Bastille. And it hasn’t taken them long to make their mark either. The name of the band comes from Dan Smith, the group’s founder’s birthday. Smith was born on July 14th which also happens to be Bastille Day.
Bastille has been a revelation. They shot to stardom with their first album and haven’t looked back since. Their music has attracted millions of fans from every corner of the globe and the sound has also won them some of the most prestigious awards in the business. They are also brilliant live performers. You can watch them hit the stage live by getting your Bastille tickets here.
Early Days and Influences
Bastille is Dan Smith’s brainchild. Smith grew up listening to all sorts of different genres. His parents who were from South Africa, were into the music of Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young . His sister on the other hand went in a totally opposite direction. She was into hip-hop and that helped Smith. This is what he once said about the different genres being played in his house:
“My parents are from South Africa and their concept of hip hop is totally non existant, they absolutely hate it, they hate rap and they hate electronice music. Their music taste was Crosby, Stills Nash and Young and the Beach Boys, melody driven pop music. But my sister was always well in to hip hop, and the first album I heard was The Score by The Fugees."
Interestingly, music was not Smith’s first choice. Born in London, England, he wanted to become an editor or a director because he was a movie buff. He soon realized that it wasn’t going to be and shifted his focus to music. It was a decision that would change his life. While he was studying at the University of Leeds, Smith began to perform as a solo artist. Once he was done with his education, he returned to London and continued to perform as a solo artist.
Breakthrough and Recognition
Smith then realized he would be better off turning his solo project into a band. He recruited Kyle Simmons, William Farquarson and Chris Wood. Bastille made their debut in 2010 by releasing the limited edition 7"/45 rpm single. It featured two tracks “Icarus” and “Flaws.”
A copy somehow made its way to Alex Baker who used to present a show on Kerrang! Radio that was dedicated to promoting music by unsigned and aspiring artists. Baker put their music on air and fans began to take notice. They also uploaded tracks on YouTube and MySpace and that got Bastille a lot of recognition too.
Bastille then released an EP titled “Laura Palmer” in 2011. Later the same year, they got the break they had been looking for and signed a recording contract with Virgin Records. Their reputation had already started to grow and as a result of that they performed at big music festivals like Blissfield, the Isle of Wright and Glastonbury.
Notable Work and Album Releases
Bastille then came out with their first single Overjoyed on April 27, 2012. They released another single from their upcoming debut album and the track was titled Bad Blood. They went on to perform at the Reading and Leeds Festivals again in 2012. They also went on a tour of their own titled the “Flaws Tour.”
February, 2013 saw the release of their track “Pompeii” and it became a major hit in both the UK and the US. The track went to the second spot in the UK while it peaked at the fifth spot in the US. The song went quadruple platinum in Australia, thrice platinum in Canada, twice platinum in the United Kingdom and five times platinum in the United States.
Bastille came out with their debut album “Bad Blood” on March 4, 2013 and it went straight to No.1 on the UK Albums Chart. It stayed there for three weeks but not consecutively. It went two times platinum in the United Kingdom too. The album also made it big on the global charts. In 2014, it also earned a BRIT Award nomination.
Bad Blood also had critics raving about it. AllMusic gave it three and a half stars out of five while DIY gave it eight out of ten. The record has been certified gold in the US. Bastille then hit the road with Muse for “The 2nd Law Tour.” They spent the next few months performing at festivals and in 2014, announced that they have already begun working on their next record. Bastille also went on to win a BRIT Award for the “Best Breakthrough Act” in 2014.
Bastille fans had to wait till September 9, 2016 to get their hands on the band’s next album. Titled “Wild World” it received a lot of acclaim from the critics. AllMusic, DIY, The Guardian, NME and Q all gave the album four stars out of five. It got three stars out of five from the Rolling Stone. On the commercial front, Wild World recorded gold level sales in the United Kingdom.
Bastille Ticket Prices
Bastille have announced that they are working on their next album and it is scheduled to hit the music stores in 2018. That means that it is highly likely that the band will release a few more tracks before that and will also most probably perform live. Their fans always look for Bastille ticket prices every time they perform live. It will not be any different when that happens next, be it a one-time performance or a tour. If you want to see them hit the stage live, then this is your chance to get Bastille tickets.