A band that I can honestly say I've seen grow up through all varieties of venues over the years; from playing the small back rooms to the festival main stage. Plus, just a handful of years back, I witnessed them at one of my favourite gigs ever, playing a magical acoustic set to a few hundred people in a church; Bombay Bicycle Club have become an unstoppable force in their rise and rise in popularity. Now on their third album, 'A Different Kind of Fix', they return to Brighton to play our biggest venue, The Brighton Center (which boasts a 4,500 person capacity) I almost can't believe they've reached this point. Myself, being a fan of the smaller venue, is already struggling to not make presumptions about the potential loss of intimacy at this gig, something that I feel Bombay has striven greatly on, and a point I hoped to be proven wrong about.

Opening tonights set with 'How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep' the band is surrounded by the same impressive stage set-up from the previous tour that saw the band playing The Dome just six months previously, with large silhouettes of faces on either side. 'Your Eyes' already sees the bands first crowd surfer among the predominantly young crowd, and 'Dust On The Ground' has the crowd jumping in unison whilst the guitar rifts are blown up through the venue. Lucy Rose steps forward from the backing vocals to duet with Jack Steadman for 'Leave it' and 'Lights Out, Words Gone' as she adorably hops around the stage in time with bassist Ed Nash.

Whilst the first half of Bombays set is very third album heavy, the band soon change instruments as they play through songs from acoustic album 'Flaws'. A heavier version 'Ivy And Gold' sees drummer Suren De Saram take the spotlight as a stage tech runs out with what appears to be a bit of lighting rig for him to drum on, odd. But it's certainly the older songs from 'I Had The Blues..' that have the audience swelling back and forth, 'Evening / Morning' sees the audience finishing the vocals, as does 'Cancel On Me' as crowd-surfers are hauled over the barrier by security.

When Bombay finally do bring it down and play the quieter 'Beggars', the problem is quickly evident as background chatter and shouting drown out these tender moments as expected. They don't have a patient and respectful crowd in tonight who are more intent in bashing each other around, sadly. This happens once again as Jack and Lucy sing 'Still' backed only by a piano, the last time I saw this performed the audience was utterly spellbound but tonight it was hard to become engrossed in the music amongst the noise - though a sea of raised lighters in the crowd certainly looked pretty.

'Always Like This' has an incredible crowd singalong amongst some bizarre attempts at circle pits though according the Jack tonight felt "like a festival crowd', whilst 'Shuffle' and 'What If' brings the night to a close. It's evident that despite whatever reservations I may have had about the band playing the venue, they've got the fan-base to easily fill these places, both physically and vocally. As for Bombay Bicycle Club, their ability to transfer their sound from the small to large stage has been both seamless and impressive. In short, they've pulled it off, and there's only one road to world domination that lies ahead for this band.