Hitting up the Manchester O2 Apollo with two dates on their tour to promote their latest chart topping album, ‘Cavalier Youth’, You Me At Six are still young in their years, despite their undeniable success and a career of now four albums. With the latest album taking a turn for a much bigger and far more grand sound, we headed down to see how this translates into a live setting.
Opening support act Young Kato (***) also opt for a pop-rock/alt rock repetoir and one that, on many occassions, calls for crowd participation. It’s a winning formula for Cheltenham sextet who, though pretty much just come and do and do what they need to do for the evening, actually gets the fun flowing throughout the O2 Apollo early with songs like ‘Ignite’. There’s still areas to work on, but they have something good going here.
Now, Don Broco (****) are a band who’ve shot into the sky since the release of their debut album ‘Priorities’ back in 2012. Indeed, before then, the Bedford quartet were rarely seen in shows bigger than the smallest academies unless they were supporting. Nowadays, they’re main support for one of the UK’s biggest pop-rock acts. They step up to the plate with no problems. New material is eagerly awaited, but following opener ‘You Wanna Know’ they stick with cuts from ‘Priorities’ for the remainder of their set. Though, a cheeky slip in of oldie ‘Thug Workout’ incites the first pit of the evening and, as hoped, closer ‘Priorities’ sees Don Broco doing their ever popular “the walk” move.
Sounding bigger than The Lord Of The Rings movie soundtrack, You Me At Six (****) have moulded themselves into something truly special. Indeed, cuts from their new album such as ‘Too Young To Feel This Old’ and ‘Forgive & Forget’ sound monolithic and even older offerings like ‘The Swarm’ and ‘Stay With Me’ could easily stand toe-to-toe with regular stadium fillers Muse and Coldplay. It’s clear which direction the band are choosing to take things in order to take the next step in ascending the ranks.
Though You Me At Six completely avoid anything from debut album, ‘Take Off Your Colours’, clearly a sign they wish to leave their pop-punk life of the past behind them, heaviest number of the night ‘Bite My Tongue’ is a nice change of pace and nice look into what the band used to deliver. Closer ‘Lived A Lie’ wraps up their rather anthemic set nicely, leaving us in the mindset that from here, You Me At Six can only conquer further.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)