Photo Credit: Mathew Grimward.

The Sherlocks – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, UK (16th February 2018)

Last Friday night, The Sherlocks took to the stage of Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse; not only for the last night of their tour, but also for their biggest headline show to date.

The Yorkshire band have been vocal in the past about always playing their biggest shows in Manchester and with a capacity of 4500, this was their grandest yet. From the moment that they exploded into opening track ‘Last Night’, the two sets of brothers fulfilled their reputation as a tight live band and the sea of people in the standing area didn’t stop moving for the duration of their set.

Though ‘Live For The Moment’ only crashed into the charts last year, fans were familiar with the material way before due to the bands prominence on the live music and festival circuit, that saw them support a wide range of prolific bands; including Kings of Leon and James. Their experience and creative talents shined through on every track, from the intricate guitar of ‘Heart of Gold’ to the pummeling beats of ‘Escapade’. Their infectious sound sat perfectly alongside their relatable, chant-able lyrics that are often liked to those of The Courteeners and even when the band took things down a notch, lowering the pace with acoustic renditions of ‘Candlelight’ and ‘Turn The Clock’, their fans had their backs and continued to sing along to every word.

Crowd interaction was fairly limited as the band stormed through tracks from their debut album ‘Live For The Moment’, including singles ‘Blue’ and ‘Was It Really Worth It’, though front man Kiaran Crook heart-warmingly expressed the bands gratitude at every chance he got. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all positive and he was left to address the issue of flares when the room filled with colourful smoke during the ominous intro to ‘Will You Be There?‘ Luckily, the threat of the band being unable to finish their show was enough to deter the exuberant crowd from lighting further flares/smoke bombs.

The gig came to an end with the anthemic ‘Chasing Shadows’ and the crowd ensured that the chorus could be heard loud and clear throughout Victoria Warehouse, even after the bands departure from the stage –  it’s fair to say that The Sherlocks ended their tour on a high.

You can catch The Sherlocks at festivals over the Summer, as well as supporting Liam Gallagher on his European tour.