Walking into the Button Factory I was not too sure what to expect. I imagined some scenes from Glee but with Irish accents all around. What I did find was a gig full of smiles and pure vocal power. Ardu are on a goal to make a cappella cool again!
First up on the night we had two acts who won their support slots through Ireland's A Cappella Competition, a competition run by Ardu themselves to try and find Ireland's best a cappella group. The Ramparts Chamber Choir Dublin gave us a mixture of barbershop and traditional music all delivered in a joyful manner. The Apple Blossoms, a female vocal trio, took to the stage next and brought a lot of energy along with some questionable dancing to Meghan Trainer's 'All About That Bass'.
Ardu stood out on the night, their choreographed staging and overall presence filled the room. A set list that mixes genres and artists, switching from Jason Mraz to Queen to U2 the night could have been disjointed. It never fell flat, however, with a constant supply of crowd interaction and a real sense that each member of the vocal ensemble was loving every moment.
Each member comes from a different musical background, opera, traditional or a pop background, it all fit seamlessly together with each member taking the lead at various points throughout the night.
The highlights of the night were a Michael Jackson melody that got the crowd dancing and an encore of Bohemian Rhapsody, always a very impressive song to sing and an even harder song to deliver well!
Ardu have certainly given a cappella a breath of fresh air, bringing their show to a venue more well known for its club nights and Rock and Roll Museum.