The last time the Joy Formidable was in Boston, it was for a show that never happened. The Wales-by-way-of-London band was parked outside the House of Blues and ready to play. There was just one problem: The day of the concert was Friday, April 19, when the city was on lockdown as the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers reached its final phase.
“We hate canceling shows,” says bassist Rhydian Dafydd, “but obviously [with] the particular circumstances there, it was agreed some time in the afternoon that it just couldn't happen. As you said, the whole city was pretty much on lockdown. So yeah, it was right up until the last minute, really. Obviously, it was a bit disappointing, but ultimately our thoughts were with the people that were hurt, and we knew that we could reschedule it.”