It feels like forever ago since I bought tickets to see The Midnight in Albert Hall, Manchester.
It was one of the most hyped up gigs in my life and as the days were counting I got more restless as the actual gig drew near. The Midnight have taken their legendary catalogue on a European tour and finally we have a synthwave tour that isnt just based only as a date in London. The Midnight have done nothing but sell out their shows and release incredible songs since their first EP with days of Thunder. Manchester is one of the most vibrant cities in the UK and The Midnight had to show that they were worth every penny invested.
Violet Days were their only support band; hailing from Sweden and not exactly Synthwave, it did take them a while to get the crowd going. Eventually when playing tunes like Addicted, which they wrote with The Chainsmokers, and covering Alphaville’s Forever Young they did win the crowd over and received a very warm reception purely with their energy and ridiculously catchy tunes and covers.
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The Midnight took the entire crowd into their arms from the split second their introduction begun. The Albert Hall became a gospel of synthwave; the crowd singing along to every single word they could and taken away by the stage presence of the band. Instrumentally they were just gobsmacking and were even better than I could have ever imagined. They had a firm catalogue of songs ranging from Days Of Thunder to Kids. The saxophone always got the cheers, the drum pads got the groove and Tyler’s vocals kept everyone under their spell.
The light show and the high stage made The Midnight even more of a viewing pleasure. The Midnight are a prime example synthwave done to absolute perfection. With years of going to many arena gigs, I’ve never felt so at home at a gig until The midnight. They are more than just emotional songs fuelled with sax riffs and drum fills; The Midnight are an absolute powerhouse in the live scene and I hope to God they get picked up to support a huge band on a arena tour.
Written by Matthew Clewley
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