The Subways

The Subways made their live return to Manchester tonight and I’m pretty sure that the nearing capacity crowd at the HMV Ritz got exactly what they came for. The Subways are easily one of the hardest working live bands out there and year on year have proven that regardless of the size of venue, their live shows will always pack that trademark Subways punch. The Manchester date of their current tour, was no exception to this rule.

Turbowolf
Turbowolf

With support by way of Turbowolf and Royal Republic, the Ritz filled up early with some fans appearing to be almost as excited about the support bill as they were the headliners. Turbowolf took to the stage first and tore through their set with their traditional balls to the wall approach. It’s more than likely a good thing that live music is an audible experience, as  unfortunately for those of us not wearing night-vision goggles, the Turbowolf boys were minimally lit to say the least. Never-the-less the dedicated first few rows didn’t let this hold them back where rocking out was concerned.

Royal Republic
Royal Republic
Royal Republic
Royal Republic

In stark contrast to very low lighting experienced during Turbowolf, the powerful white spotlights sprung to life as the second support band of the evening kick-started their energetic set. Swedish rockers Royal Republic seemed to be a definite hit with the majority of the standing crowd, obvious within even the first minute or so of their opening number. Theatrical throughout, with arms being almost constantly thrust iconically into the air, as Royal Republic drew their set to a close, this Tuesday night Manchester crowd, were suitably revved up and ready for their three-piece headliner.

The Subways
The Subways
The Subways-Manchester-08.05.12-15

Opening with “Oh Yeah” from the bands debut 2005 album, Billy and Charlotte wasted no time at all getting into the swing of their signature energetic onstage antics. The band hopped, skipped and jumped their way through a set filled with fan favourites like “Girls and Boys” and “Rock and Roll Queen” as well littering newer tracks from their current album “Money and Celebrity”. It seemed this three-piece could do no wrong in the eyes of their audience tonight. Before most appeared to realize how much time had in reality passed, the band exited the stages for a few moments before returning for their very audibly demanded and inevitable encore. Billy and the band proceeded to play a further three songs on top the eighteen they had already charged through. “It’s a Party” seemed like both an apt choice of song as well an apt description of the atmosphere in the Ritz as the band closed their set for the second and final time.

The Subways
The Subways
The Subways

Words and Photographs by Ben Bentley

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