Gig Review by Hayley Clark with Photography by Hollie Turner

American acapella band Pentatonix stormed into their second night of their UK tour with an almost  sell out show as crowds snaked across both sides of the entrance to Birmingham’s O2 Academy eagerly awaiting these YouTube sensations.

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The crowd that ranged from little kids seeing their first gig in the seating area, the teens at the front singing along with every word and the mature generation hanging towards the back momentously smiling and whooping at each performance, this was one of the most diverse audience ranges I have saw in a long time, becoming a positive example of how a band that have achieved so much in the past year, have broken the typical social media user stereotypes when it comes to their fans, showing their music appeals to all.

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YouTube couple Us The Duo opened the show with a range of melodies from Uptown Funk to Motown hits, both harmonizing and the use of keyboards kept the crowd clapping along keeping alongside a band camp vibe. Having supported the head liners in their Stateside tour, they were a perfect accompaniment to the main course, their playful stage presence and audience interaction was greeted with clapping and cheers.

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Acapella groups have risen into popularity through the success of “Pitch Perfect”, “Glee” and “High School Musical” as the crowd awaited their idols they began to chant “PTX” “PTX” as they longed for them to adorn the stage.

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As the lights dimmed the crowd went crazy as the two time Grammy winners came onto the stage, head to toe in monochrome, they had the crowd eating from the palm of their hands from the off, clapping along to an energetic opening which included a cover of OMI’s summer smash “Cheerleader” and showing off member Kevin Olusola’s beat boxing skills.

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Lead vocalist Scott Hoyling blew the crowd away with his impressive vocal range, smooth melodies and tight harmonies from the rest of the band members, performing their own tracks “Sing” and “Can’t Sleep Love” as well as an  array of covers including “Love Yourself” and their latest hit with Jason Derulo “If I ever”.

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Highlights from the night included an impressive Michael Jackson tribute medley which included not just the usual hits like “Thriller” but an upbeat “PYT” and “Black or White” before slowing down to “They Don’t Really Care About Us” and the finale of Daft Punk’s “One More Time” mixed up with “Get Lucky”.

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Pentatonix play Manchester Albert Hall on May 28th before heading to Europe with stops in Paris and Amsterdam.

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2 Responses to “Pentatonix + Us The Duo at The O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK – 24 May 2016”

  1. Hollie Says:

    Hi, I was at this show and I was wondering if you had any shots of “Misbehavin'” when the band pulled fans on stage? :)

  2. alice Says:

    hi do you have any shots of pentatonix singing misbehavin’ on stage with fans?

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