I think it's fair to say that the first half of 2012 seems to have been pretty awesome for Django Django; following a couple of years of extensive touring, January marked the release of their self-titled debut album, whilst March and May saw the band wowing the crowds at industry events SXSW and The Great Escape. The latter of those festivals had people turning up hours before the band were even due on stage just to secure a place in the venue (including myself) whilst the long queues grew outdoors - and that was on both occasions that they played. In contrast to other acts that played the festival and packed out venues on their hype alone, for Django the room was full of already converted fans, singing and dancing along to everything in what was one of the best sets of the entire festival.

Tonight, at Southampton's Soul Cellar it's evidently clear that the popularity of this band is seeping into the public domain at this sold out show, as they've pulled such a mixed crowd in tonight that it's difficult to pinpoint or make assumptions about how the audience will react. As Django Django appear onstage and pick up their instruments, they appear to be very nervous and wide-eyed like rabbits in headlights - something I don't recall from their strong TGE performance. These nerves see to run through opening songs 'Introduction', 'Hail Bop' and 'Storm' which suffer small sound issues and quiet vocals, but as they take a break to talk and banter with the crowd suddenly the band seem to feel at ease, with bassist Jimmy Dixon making the mistake of declaring his dad was from Portsmouth and thus setting off the standard response of jesting boos and jeers from the football fans in the crowd.

Django now quickly slip into their stride for 'Firewater' and 'Waveforms' and things start to really take off. I for one find it impossible to stand still during any of their songs and fail too understand anyone who can, however tonight the venue is an absolute sauna and the crowd could be forgiven for being a little bit stagnant. Small pockets of the already converted sung and danced around spraying sweat everywhere, whilst those stood still observing found themselves with their own waterfalls of sweat cascading off them it was that damn hot, but at least Django can go as far as to say they put on a face-melting performance.

As if the recorded versions weren't fantastic alone Django Django still manage to exceed this in their live performance, really pushing those synths and tribal rhythms as drummer David Maclean is joined often by other band members to double up on drumming efforts and Tommy Grace becomes the master of sound effects, helped by vocalist Vincent Neff's array of percussions instruments - including coconut shells.

'Cairo', 'Default' and 'Wor' provide a stellar end to their set, and although an encore is always inevitable it's most definitely called for here. Django Django are a dead cert to becoming one the countries best live acts, their music versatile enough to work in any size venue or festival. I look forward to witnessing what they'll achieve with the rest of 2012.