Starting out the set with the current single Love Me, the band played a large part of their set before even saying a few words to the audience which Matt Healy mentioned, saying ‘Sorry that first bit of the show, we’re really serious we don’t talk to anyone’. Personally, I love when bands stick to the music and don’t need to base their sets of off witty banter (sometimes they do this beautifully though like The Struts show we covered but they do only have eight songs). These shows have been mentioned as a road test for the new material that is to come on the next full length record but the guys did perform really all of the material they have released with a fair blend of the new. My favorite one to look out for in the new is ‘She’s American’, an incredibly bouncy track that will get anyone moving.
The vibe of the band is really strong on this show and was my favorite performance from the band yet. They clearly have their rhythm down but the break from the road definitely did them good. They were more relaxed on stage. The one thing that I didn’t really like is that they were slow lulls in the set and then instantly upbeat. I think if the set was mixed up a lot more, it would have been a more high energy set. At points, it felt very sleepy and could show in the crowd. This audience was filled with diehard fans though and it didn’t affect them very much. They perked up right away when a fan favorite’s opening notes were heard.
A favorite moment for me was when front man Healy said ‘Ladies and Gentlemen I love you. This song’s about me’ and jumped into ‘Falling For You’ which got the biggest crowd reaction yet in the set. Ending the regular set on Robbers and Girls, the guys walked off stage to return for their encore to the chant of ‘Sex! Sex! Sex!’ instead of the normal one more song. After playing their hit Medicine, they went into Chocolate and Sex with Matty yelling ‘Until then we’ve got two more songs I bet you can’t fucking guess what they are’ which made the crowd go while. With this tour being the band’s last tour in smaller clubs, I’m glad we were able to catch them play to a sold out crowd and only hope to see this band explode as they rightfully deserve and already have begun to.