Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver’s delicate melodies may be suited to intimate surroundings, but we’ve come up with five good reasons to see the Wisconsin man at the spacious Wembley Arena this week…
1. He’s got songs to fill stadiums
Not only his own tunes, but also those he’s penned with hip hop titans Kanye West and Jay-Z. Vernon featured on West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ LP, and helped Jay-Z write ‘That’s My Bitch’ from his and Kanye’s joint album ‘Watch the Throne’.
2. His big-stage potential is proven
After all, he did sell out two nights at Hammersmith Apollo in 2011, which, with its 9,000 capacity, tops Wembley’s 12,500. Plus, he employs two drummers live and can handle anthemic, Coldplay-esque harmonies as on his song ‘Calgary’.
3. There’ll be fun and games
Those in the gods can play a game of ‘spot the bicycle bell’ when Bon Iver plays ‘Michicant’. The first to pinpoint the unlikely instrument’s whereabouts gets let off making the epic journey to the bar!
4. It’s cold outside
So what better way to warm your cockles than with a bit of intricately crafted, heartwarmingly sensitive tunesmithery – music that conjures romantic images of Vernon writing his debut album ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ in a wintry log cabin.
5. He’s an award-winner now
In February this year Vernon won two Grammys for Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist. Don’t hold out to see him somewhere smaller. The world’s cottoned on to his genius now, and he’s playing the venues his expansive vision deserves. Danielle Goldstein
Bon Iver play Wembley Arena on Thursday Nov 8. For more information, see Bon Iver listing.