Pop-rock giants from either side of the Atlantic, our British champions You Me At Six and American poster boys All Time Low, have decided to kick of their 2015 by teaming up for a co-headline tour across Europe, filling arenas and sharing thousands of one another’s fans each night. What better way to get your bounce on and your voices singing true.
Cincinnati’s Walk The Moon (**) are the first to grace the huge Manchester Arena stage this evening, and it seems quite clear from off that the pop-rock four-piece are treading on slightly unfamiliar territory; one for playing to a UK crowd of this size, but also for be placed on a stage of this size too. ‘Shut Up And Dance’ gets a good portion of the crowd involved, but ultimately most are seeing Walk The Moon as a slight taster before the co-headlining duo to follow.
Taking the helm of the two first this evening are All Time Low (***), who are on the verge of bringing out album number six, ‘Future Hearts’, in just a couple of months. The Maryland jokesters are bringing out the sharpest hooks to cover their hits tonight, with the choruses for the likes of ‘Weightless’ and ‘Stella’ seeing the crowd compete strongly with frontman Alex Gaskarth. The band bring up a legion of fans from the front rows onstage to singalong with ‘Time-Bomb’, and closer ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ helps seal off a set that secures this quartet as this generation’s Blink-182.
Having already managed to sell out London’s Wembley Arena just over two years ago, Manchester Arena should be an absolute walk in the park for You Me At Six (****), and surely enough the Surrey based outfit undoubtedly own this evening. Frontman Josh Franceschi hobbles across the stage here and there following a recent injury to his ankle, but credit must be given for him to continue powering through their set like nothing happened. A balanced set from their last three albums keeps the crowd happy, with the likes of ‘Underdog’, ‘Reckless’ and ‘Fresh Start Fever’ sticking out as strong highlights throughout.
One of the most notable moments however lies in ‘Crash’, where the stage lights dim and everyone sings along in unison, bringing an almighty climax before we soon roll on to one of the heavier numbers in You Me At Six‘s arsenal, ‘Bite My Tongue’. With confetti raining down across the Manchester Arena and ‘Lived A Lie’ seeing the evening out, You Me At Six have come a long way since their days touring the country on a Megabus, and they’ve certainly grown firmly into the arena fillers they are today.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)