Sign On! Rat Boy @ Heaven, London

Teenage kicks at its finest, that’s probably a good way to describe what went down when Essex lad Jordan Cardy aka Rat Boy headlined London’s ‘Heaven‘ on 26th January 2016.

Villiers Street was packed with city workers during rush hour and hundreds of teens, loitering and pre-loading on the streets before the gig. Causing a stir before the concert was no one less than the man himself, causally skating down the Arcade, Rat Boy found himself immediately mobbed by his fans who tried to get a selfie with the singer.

Heaven was completely rammed with mostly somewhat rebellious teens, all trying to get as close to the stage as possible with the elderly folk, basically anyone above 21, happily hanging out at the back of the venue.

Just minutes before the show Rat Boy made an appearance on stage, throwing a rubber dinghy and some merchandise into the crowd, resulting in the place going nuts.

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At 9:15 pm sirens rang through the venue as Rat Boy and his band mates took to stage. The fans went completely wild as Jordan kicked off his show with his recent single ‘Move’. A proper banger that got everyone moving within seconds. The front rows started moshing instantly and the back was jumping around. The total mayhem didn’t seem to bother anyone at all, as everyone at the gig was just having a laugh.

It was reassuring to see that magic still happens. Turning back the clock for 10 years, that would have been me in the front row. Happily jumping and moshing along to some real nice handmade punk-rock.

Do you remember that exact moment when you are drenched in beer and sweat is dripping from the ceiling but you don’t care, because you have just found your musical hero in an old small music venue?

I know.

These were the exact scenes at Heaven, on 26th January 2016.

Angsty and rebellious teens who have found their hero in Rat Boy, someone they can identify with and more importantly party with and just have a bloody good time with.

What more can you ask for when you’re 16? (Apart from free drinks.)

Rat Boy seems to be the kind of ‘ Anti Hero ‘ that today’s youth needs. Someone that doesn’t play polished pop music, someone that speaks their mind. Simply,  someone authentic that is just like them. This is probably the reason why Jordan managed to pick up a massive following from like-minded music lovers all over the country.

It goes without saying that Rat Boy makes some pretty cool music. It’s unadulterated, brutally honest and it has just the right amount of edge to it. Songs like ‘Fake ID’ , ‘Sign On’ and ‘Wasteman’ are awesome tunes that went down more than well with the crowd.

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During the gig Rat Boy jumps around on stage, leaps into the crowds and generally looks like he’s just enjoying life. Just a normal teenager who happens to be bloody talented and who’s music is ready to flood the industry.

His charm is infectious and his talent is pouring from the stage, spilling all over the fans until it has converted the last person who has ever doubted Jordan Cardy’s talent.

It’s fair to say that Rat Boy has one hell of a career defining year ahead of him. Set to go on a UK tour in April / May, he surely will pick up fans like impressive skateboard tricks, as he roams all over the country.

Here is some advice, do your 16-year old self a favour and go and get a ticket to his show or make sure to catch Rat Boy during festival season!

You really don’t wanna miss out on the personified brilliance that is ‘ Rat Boy ‘.

x,

Mels Jukebox

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