Once a chapel hall until a few years ago, Manchester Albert Hall’s minor renovations into a live music venue a few years back was a great move, and finally brought to the city a grand venue for acts that a minimal yet grand. The latest act to have its work occupy its over 100 year walls is City & Colour, the once solo act of Dallas Green now formed into a full band, and the setting is perfect for his heart-tugging melodies.
This tour’s sole support act Lucy Rose  has been on the road alongside tonight’s headliner before, only this time we’re in her home country. Her work is mellow and very akin to fellow young British singer/songwriter, Gabrielle Aplin. Tour partner Dallas Green steps out to lend a helping hand for ‘She’ll Move’, and this along with the likes of ‘Cover Up’ and ‘Shelter’ sets things nicely for the ever filling room.
It’s not long before City & Colour  (aka Dallas Green and co.) take to the stage, and from that very moment every person stood before the stage and sat in the stands is captivated for the almost 2-hour long set to follow. Though, of course, this a full band now, make no mistake that this project is very much Green, and rightfully so. The Canadian emotive croons of set opener ‘Woman’ and later track ‘Wasted Love’ are just a very few highlights, all of which bring forth proof (as if any more was necessary) that Green is – as he has been for a long time – one of the greater vocalists in his scene today.
Unexpected oldie ‘Hello, I’m In Delaware’ smacks smiles across the faces of the much more minimalist and older fans who’ve been following City & Colour since the project’s ‘Sometimes’ era. However, it’s the returning encore that leaves the crowd most in awe; from the affectionate ‘The Girl’ to the final moments of curtain closer ‘Hope For Now’, it’s evident that it’s City & Colour‘s work was crafted perfectly for the confines of Manchester’s Albert Hall, and tonight’s sold out crowd are in all in part of that.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)