Currently on the North American leg of their Wild, Wild World Tour, Bastille has utilized their public platform to convey a political or social commentary.
Bastille has become a well known name since their claim to fame with their hit song, Pompeii. They have maintained a steady fan base and put out good quality music thereafter. Currently on the North American leg of their Wild, Wild World Tour, Bastille has utilized their public platform to be quite “woke”, as the cool kids call it. With the given societal climate, more and more artists are using their publicity to convey a political or social commentary. This trend can bring attention to many important causes. Bastille used their tour and album to comment on mainstream media and the portrayal of news and current events in society.
The Bastille Concert Experience:
I attended the Boston show at Agganis Arena, not being a superfan but knowing a good amount of their music. I left the event absolutely loving their show and the multimedia portrayal of their message. The arena had huge screens all around the stage and there were various images and news clips played on it throughout the concert. A character of a corrupt news reporter representing an imaginary network called Wild World Communications was portrayed on the large screens. The character and images created a sinister community, providing a satire of our own community and recent events. The band is presenting their work, but ultimately the focus is on these news clips and images. I really respect the detachment from the traditionally self centered industry and the band’s motives to portray a larger message with their work.
Many artists have recently been doing the same or a similar thing with their art. There has been an increasing culture of activism through mainstream art. It is bringing important messages to a larger audience. Artists like Solange, J Cole, and Frank Ocean are all using their platform and their influence to make a difference. They use their art to spread a message among society. They not only provide art, but make their audience think as well. Bastille gave me a high energy show with quality music, but also a message about our society in an aesthetically pleasing, artistic way.