Manchester Orchestra take the stage to a sold out crowd in London, three months after the release of their latest album, A Black Mile to the Surface.
The barricade at O2 Academy Shepherds Bush is packed with a wide variation of fans anticipating a set filled with their favourite songs.
The set is filled with banger after banger, and the band kick things off with the first three songs from their latest album, and the crowd eats up every second. When the band go into ‘I’ve Got Friends’, the crowd go off. I even spy friends hugging each other on the balcony. The venue is filled with the voices of fans singing along to the chorus, almost overpowering frontman, Andy Hull.
Not a phone is in sight throughout the evening, for Manchester Orchestra’s fans seem to want to take in every moment of the night without the distraction. It’s a breath of fresh air to see fans soaking in every moment of the set.
The rest of the evening is filled with old favourites. When the evening ends, fans leave Shepherds Bush as friends rather than strangers. Every Manchester Orchestra fan, new and old, will leave the tour happy.
Words by Sara Feigin