Support acts Black Foxxes and Tonight Alive warmed up the crowd perfectly at the packed O2 Academy Birmingham arena – scores of twenty somethings waiting in adoration for their idols to play. Ten years after debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’ was released Surrey pop-punk rockers You Me At Six are back with yet another infectious album ‘Night People’ and, as frontman Josh Franceschi and his band took to the stage, the screams literally blew the roof off the venue!
The bare Brechtian stage with drum kit at the back boasted an impressive multi-coloured light display changing to grab the ambience of each track opening the show with a cover of 21 Pilots ‘Stressed Out’ and the fans enduring a roller coaster of emotions with ‘Night People’, ‘Lover Boy’ and ‘Heavy Soul’.
The captivated audience hanging off Josh’s every word as they obeyed his request to “get down on the floor and get ready to jump” as they upped tempo with ‘The Swarm’. Teenage girls bouncing on shoulders chanting along throwing their arms in the air to the bands early career anthem ‘Save It For The Bedroom’ with the band hinting at an anniversary tour of the debut album very soon after declaring: “we’ve only done six songs but I think Birmingham may just be our favourite gig of the tour…” enticing screams from the adoring audience.
The electric energy and showmanship of the band kept the audience alive and on their toes for the full two hour emotional roller coaster that is You Me at Six; the band declaring war on the ticket touts and asking their fans to stand alongside them in Parliament to support the cause.
Cries and coos for more filled the O2 with the climax of ‘Take On The World’ before the band returned for an encore of ‘Lived A Lie’, ‘Give’ and ‘Room to Breathe’ reiterating to the 3,000 strong Sixers – “No one does it better!”
The latest You Me At Six album ‘Night People’ is available from all good record stores now.