The Zolas returned to grace the stage in Victoria last week, with fellow Vancouverite Louise Burns and her band in tow. Their packed, sweaty show was a far cry from the last few times I’ve seen them, from the tiny Roxy Theatre and a mid-afternoon slot on the side stage at Rifflandia Music Festival. I was pleasantly surprised to arrive to a very full Sugar Nightclub, and knew the night was going to be a fun one.

This is a band that is very much suited to the sweaty, crowded atmosphere of a nightclub (a nightclub with good lighting, to boot). The Zolas’ set was comprised of both old and new, mixing it up near the beginning before flowing into new material that got the crowd dancing, and back into old favourites and singalongs to close their set.

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Louise Burns - photo by Lindsey Blane

Louise Burns – photo by Lindsey Blane

Louise Burns - photo by Lindsey Blane

Louise Burns – photo by Lindsey Blane

Louise Burns - photo by Lindsey Blane

Louise Burns – photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas - photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas – photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas - photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas – photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas - photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas – photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas - photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas – photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas - photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas – photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas - photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas – photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas - photo by Lindsey Blane

The Zolas – photo by Lindsey Blane