Blossoms @ Albert Hall, Manchester. 3.12.16

Off the back of announcing their biggest show to date at the Castlefield Bowl, where they will play to 8,000 people supported by The Coral, Blossoms played two sell out shows at Manchester’s Albert Hall. It is fair to say that the Mancunians have taken the Stockport band in as one of their own, with their devoted fan base selling out every gig the band have played in Manchester throughout 2016.

It is yet to be seen whether or not the Castlefield Bowl gig will sell out, with tickets still on sale at the time of writing, but for a band to be playing such a high capacity with only one album released so far is an impressive feat. They follow in the footsteps of bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen and Courteeners who’ve both played the iconic venue this year. Catfish and the Bottlemen have additionally gone on to play Wembley Arena this year and Courteeners will play Old Trafford Cricket Ground in May. If Blossoms follow a similar trajectory to either of these bands, they will have done extremely well for themselves.

The Stockport five-piece recently released an extended edition of their No.1 debut album, which included the b-sides that didn’t make it onto the original release of the album. Following this, the band decided to incorporate some of these songs into their setlist. Across the Moor has long been a part of Blossoms’ setlist, but of the b-sides the band played the one that was the most well received by Manchester was Polka Dot Bones, with lead singer Tom Ogden even turning to drummer Joe Donovan and commenting, ‘This for a b-side?’

Over the course of 2016, Blossoms have played 150 gigs across the UK and Europe, including numerous festival appearances. The band’s live set has benefitted from this massively, and the band comes across as a very tight knit unit on stage. The setlist the band has put together is strong; opener At Most A Kiss was a highlight, along with the band’s biggest hit, Charlemagne, which caused chaos down at the front, with around 15 people tumbling to the floor when the chorus first hit. With it being December, lead singer Tom Ogden added a rendition of Last Christmas within his solo performance of My Favourite Room, alongside Oasis classic Half The World Away. Ogden is skilled at controlling the crowd, with the atmosphere at a Blossoms’ gig one of the best I’ve seen all year.

It’s been a whirlwind year for the band, with the size of the venue and crowd growing each time. Long-time fans of the band will know that Blossoms are set to be much more than a flash in the pan, having worked extremely hard to get where they are today. Touring extensively before and after the release of their debut album is likely one of the reasons their debut was recently awarded the title of best-selling debut album of the year in the UK. Not bad for an indie band from Stockport.

kieranbowie

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