Haim + Broods at the Academy, Manchester, UK – 8th March 2014

Posted by Bianca on Saturday Mar 8, 2014 Under Pop, Pop-rock

Gig Photography and Review by Jason Broadhurst

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It was only back in December that HAIM graced our shores with a tour and it seems their is still plenty of demand for them. Tonights show is sold out along with the rest of their 8 date UK tour and even before all that they were creating a craze at festivals up and down the country.

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The only support of the night comes from Broods, a brother and sister who hail from Auckland, New Zealand. Coming on a little later than expected the pair work their way through a some what short set leaving the crowd energised and ready for the main act.

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The first indication of the bands influences comes from the selection of music being blasted through the Academy’s speakers, a collection of rap and R’n’B with artists like Jay-Z making an appearance. As word starts to circulate around the room that the band are being delayed by 15 minutes this however doesn’t seem to have lowered the crowds spirits. It would seem the delay has only added to the fans eagerness to see them and as soon as the lights dim and they launch into opening track ‘Falling’ the screams are almost ear piercing. This carries on into the next song and recent single ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ before a performing their own rendition of a band they have been likened to many times over in Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’.

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The band then swing into one of their slower numbers in ‘Go Slow’ beautifully showcasing the great musicianship and harmonies the three girls have between them.

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The eldest of the trio, Este leads by example and introduces the song ‘Don’t Save Me’ by saying the last time they played Manchester that the whole crowd sang every word right back at them causing them to almost tear up. Well its safe to say the crowd did not disappoint again. In true Manchester fashion they sing at the top of their lungs and many even dance their way through the monster of a hit.

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Returning for an encore and performing their second cover of the night, this time Beyonce’s ‘XO’ makes it’s way into their setlist. The band then finish on crowd favourite ‘The Wire’ and finally ‘Let Me Go’.

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There aren’t many bad things that can be said about this gig but I have to say  the wait between bands was almost unbearable, almost an hour between Broods leaving the stage and Haim coming on left a lot of waiting round mean their could easily have even been enough time for a 2nd support. However, returning to the positives HAIM are a band that seem to be only be going in one direction and that is up, each time they return they sell out the venues put in front of them… so next time they hit Manchester there is no doubt they will performing to a bigger crowd at the Apollo.

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Setlist:

Falling // If I Could Change Your Mind // Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover) //Honey & I // Days Are Gone // My Song 5 // Running If You Call My Name // Don’t Save Me // Forever

Encore:

XO (Beyoncé cover) // The Wire // Let Me Go

(See the complete photo set on our Flick page)

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