Review by Hayley Clark with Photography by Jason Broadhurst

As the crowd entered Manchester Apollo it was American singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers who kept them entertained before HAIM stormed the stage.

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Dressed in a white jumpsuit with a colourful cape, Maggie gushed about how excited she was to be performing ahead of the three ladies she had loved for the past six years. Swaying from side to side as Maggie performed to hits such as ‘Dog Days’ accompanied by her four piece band.

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The youthful crowd bustled around the historic theatre as they waited patiently for the Los Angeles’ Starlets to hit the stage.

Sisters Danielle, Alana and Este have came along way since ‘Forever’ released in 2012. From touring with music giants such as Rihanna, Florence + The Machine and Kings Of Leon to performing ‘Jungle Love’ with Morris Day and the Time on Jimmy Kimmel the talented three-piece have gained a wide fan base as shown in tonight’s sell-out crowd.

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The crowd went crazy as the Apollo descended into darkness and a white spotlight highlighted Alana as she entered the stage beating on the drums. Further cries and cheers were expressed as she was followed by Danielle and then Este opening with ‘Falling’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’.

A fast powerful set filled with hits and crowd favourites left the youngsters bouncing around to the likes of ‘Little Of Your Love’, ‘Want You Back’ and ‘Something in Silence’.

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With Alana and Danielle rocking a Manchester stereotypical grunge meets Hanson look alternating in pink and blue respectively it wasn’t long before Este heated up the crowd removing her jacket to reveal a bra and leather mini skirt. Ever the rebel she joked with the crowd about the quickness she removed it like a cocoon turning into a butterfly and thanked them for selling the show out in less than a hour.

Not to be labelled as a girl band, the three sisters rocked the night away showing off the huge talent of guitar rifts and drum solos as well as killer vocals.

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With the crowd singing along stories and anecdotes kept them entertained in between tracks, the chemistry between the sisters shined on the simplistic stage with no need for fancy lights or graphics to keep the crowd wanting more.

As confetti cannons burst like butterflies the encore of ‘Right Now’ left the crowd going crazy screaming wanting more as the Haim walked away into the Manchester night.

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See the complete photoset from tonight’s gig here.

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