I've been waiting to see The Big Moon since I first read about them in a music paper last summer. Despite being unsigned and having just four songs in the public domain they got support gigs touring with The Vaccines, The Maccabees and Ezra Furman. They started their first headline tour at the end of March and played Nottingham when I was on holiday (boo!) and Leeds, both an easy drive from Sheffield, so I only got to see them once.
They played the small room at the Brudenell Social Club (Howling Bells played the main room in 2014), which probably only holds about 60 or 70, but it was just right - a small venue, close to the stage and an enthusiastic crowd. The Big Moon have been likened to Warpaint and Elastica (lazy all-female comparisons) and even Howling Bells, Savages and PJ Harvey, but they're not much like any of them. They play scuzzy guitar pop-rock with booming bass, driving drums, happy harmonies and catchy choruses. Singer Juliette Jackson is the most charismatic front woman I've seen, even more so than Juanita and Ellie Rowsell. I've never seen a band having so much fun on stage either.
The Big Moon are The Next Big Thing. I guarantee it.