The Deaf Institute is fast becoming my favourite live music venue in Manchester. The sound quality is always ace, the mirror ball when lit is so beautiful it makes me want to cry (its that beautiful) and the decor is like me... Quirky and individual.
So I was really really looking forward to this gig for ages. Bang Bang Romeo are a band who recently supported Pink and Sting on tours of Europe and so to see them in Manchesters The Deaf Institute in such a small, beautiful and intimate venue was an amazing treat.
I got to the venue late due to staying late at work but I'm dedicated and I can't not pit 1000% into everything I do.... My passion for life, music and everything else is my life source and so is my work.
Walking into the venue I thought I was seeing things when I saw an NUFC flag draping the stage (I'm a toon fan), but Andrew Cushin is a Geordie and he was the first support act. Sadly I only caught his last song but from what I heard this lad was class. I also got the bar and managed to get talking to his manager (also a Geordie) so it was great to meet him and chat about Andrew. He was telling me that Andy has just signed a record deal with Virgin and hearing him you can see why. If you're a fan of Sam Fender you'll love this lad.
Up next were Latenight Honeymoon who I'd not listened to before but that's the beauty of seeing support bands. New music for free.. (kinda) and these lads are just incredible. Have listen to them on their live video below and you'll see what I mean. Just insanely talented. Good old rock n roll with killer guitar solos. I just loved it. I even may have headband for a few minutes. Spotify lists their related artists with the likes of Estrons, Clean Cut Kid, Indoor Pets, Marsicans and more so it's not wonder that I loved them. I'm adding them to artists I listen to and follow, so that's an endorsement from me.
Up next the mighty Donnie's Bang Bang Romeo - by now i'df also met Imogen and Jack from Novuband (what a fucking amazing band) who'd been on tour with BBR and when I said I hadn't seen them live they told me I was in for a treat. They weren't wrong!
The band came on and played for a minute or so before Anastasia took to the stage and belts out Shame on You. What a start! Her voice in that venue (remember what I said about the acoustics)? Sounded astonishing. I know she can sing but when you see her live it's breathtaking. Her presence is just something else.. even before she sings. They also did Love Yourself Yourself their new single featuring Example (he didn't appear but he was on the TV screen on the stage when they did this one) and the place was bouncing.
Anastasia said she that this was the biggest gig they'd headlined so far in the north and these guys will go on to sell out stadiums in the future. It's inevitable. Live you have to see these lot if you get the chance. Some bands are destined to be giants. These guys most definitely are.
As per all pics are ones I took.