Blaenavon at Gorilla, Manchester

A truly gripping performance from the Hampshire trio. They will be the world. 

After a busy year the trio are heading out on their biggest UK tour yet which saw them headline Gorilla last night and sees them headline Shepherds Bush Empire in London on Friday. They will also be heading straight to Europe after the tour to support Sundara Karma and The Wombats in America next year.

Blaenavon are known for delivering a proper rock and roll gig and last night was no exception. Plaza from Hartlepool and The Night Cafe from Liverpool supported and they both delivered a good set which saw the crowd moshing to most of the songs.

The band kicked of their set with their classic “Hell Is My Head” taken from their 2015’s EP, Miss World. They then slip into “Let’s Pray” and from the off the crowd prayed for their deaths. Every member of the crowd sang back every word Ben said. “Bark” lifted the crowd and rattled them into a full force mosh. Of course the trio stripped back to the old days and played their 2013’s debut single “Into The Night”.

The Monte Carlo Kid” taken from the “Prague ’99” EP sent fans into a frenzy as many were hearing it for the first time live. This then was followed by a brand new single “All Your Vanity” which will be included on their next album due to be released sometime next year according to Ben. Very exciting indeed right?

Constantly growing in stature and maturing, the stage never seems to big for them and in fact many of their songs are capable of being arena anthems.

Lonely Side” brings out the catchy pop side of the band again with the upbeat tune of Frank’s groovy bassline. This then leads to the more laid back single “Alice Come Home” a truly remarkable moment of a heavy rock section to a melodic and spine tingling outro. Take Care” leads into “I Will Be The World” the heaviest Blaenavon song and sees the whole of the middle section of the venue open a mosh pit. During this my glasses smashed on the floor which proves it was a raucous moment of the night. Sweat dripping strangers interacting together and having the most fun of their life.

An encore followed and as a surprise for Manchester the band played the impressive “That’s Your Lot”. For a few it was a moment of tears and happiness. This led into the forever catchy tune of “Orthodox Man”. Then lastly the anthem of all anthems “Prague 99”. This is the newest version of “Prague”. I for one prefer the old version as it was heavier. However this song had the biggest pit and a small stage invasion at the end.

The Hampshire trio bowed out to Manchester and next year will be huge year for them. They already boast a big cult following. Their second album will be a make or break due to the well known curse in the music scene. Transgressive Records will form a path for them to become the next big success and that’s a thought which excites me.


 

Setlist:

  • Hell Is My Head
  • Let’s Pray
  • Bark
  • Into The Night
  • The Monte Carlo Kid
  • All Your Vanity
  • Lonely Side
  • Alice Come Home
  • Take Care
  • I Will Be The World

Encore:

  • That’s Your Lot
  • Orthodox Man
  • Prague 99

 

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Feature image courtesy of Jack Whiting.

Words by Sam Lewis.

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