Following the release of their new single ‘Was It Really Worth It?’, Sheffield’s rising stars The Sherlocks embarked on a huge 38 date UK & Ireland tour this month. They played their biggest headline show yet on Friday night at Manchester’s sold out Albert Hall. An old church, reformed into one of Manchester’s best live venues, The Sherlocks looked completely at home on stage and performed to an enthusiastic crowd only too aware of the bands growing reputation.
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Opening support act, Oddity Road, were a brilliant start to the night. They got the crowd going with their new single ‘You’, with a catchy indie riff and fiery vocals – making them a band to look out for in 2017.
Bolton’s indie rock band, Jordan Allen were next up. Their new EP ‘Livin’ La Vida Bolton’ was released the same day and from the reaction of the crowd it’s going to be a big hit. With the lead single ‘110 Ways to Make Things Better’ opening up with Jordan’s late fathers answerphone message, their set was a fitting tribute to him. The EP is out to buy now on iTunes and all the proceeds go to The Brain Tumour Charity; if the music isn’t a good enough reason to buy it, then the sentiment surely is.
With the crowd eagerly awaiting The Sherlocks set, they arrived on stage and opened with ‘Last Night’. Possibly their most loved track and it’s no surprise, with the enticing bass line and energetic vocals, that the crowd went crazy for it. This was followed by more of their well known songs, as well as a few new ones including; ‘Nobody Knows’, ‘Candlelight’ and ‘Motions’. These are songs that keep with the bands indie rock sound, however you can’t help but notice a slight resemblance to Sheffield’s Arctic Monkey’s – in their early days. If their success is anything to go by, The Sherlocks are in for the ride of their lives.
As the set was coming to a close the moshers kept on going. This wasn’t a gig for the faint hearted, and most will be wearing bruises for the next few days – a good weekend rarely comes without some form of “I was there” badge.
The band closed with their anthem, ‘Chasing Shadows’ adorned with confetti cannons and creating a picturesque scene. A memory that will not be forgotten for a long time, punters and band members alike.