A REVIEW OF…BLOSSOMS IN MIDDLESBROUGH

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BLOSSOMS sold out Middlesbrough’s Empire as part of their end-of-2016 tour. It has been a year of constant positives for the Stockport band having sold out tours, supported Jake Bugg across Europe and had a debut number 1 LP.

The setlist was packed with all the hits, but something just didn’t ‘click’ for me on the night. Maybe it was the massive Christmas tree hanging in the middle of the venue that meant the standing area was overflowing, maybe it was the hype surrounding them left me feeling underwhelmed, maybe I was just burnt out from the several gigs prior to it. Who knows?

Blossoms walked on stage to Kanye West’s Black Skinhead before kicking off with At Most a Kiss – from this moment, those who actually managed to get a decent spot were mesmerised by Tom Ogden’s Alex Turner-esque dad-dancing in between pop laced anthems.

The infectiously catchy Getaway was the highlight of the show for me. Admittedly, I didn’t even know it was by Blossoms until recently, but live they absolutely nail it. Honey Sweet glided through the bones of those in the crowd and sounded blissfully charming.

Ogden kept dancing, the crowd were climbing on the shoulders of their mates and the tunes kept grooving. Blossoms’ first return to Teesside after headlining Stockton Calling was almost complete, but what is a Blossoms gig without Charlemagne? One of the biggest and catchiest hits to be released on a 2016 LP ended their Middlesbrough show.

They have already announced a show just up the road at Newcastle O2 Academy so it will be interesting to see how they develop between here and there.

Support on the night came from the massively talented InHeaven, who have just supported Jamie T around Europe and recently finished their own headline tour. Opening act, Georgie, was popular amongst those who headed down early. Her single, Company of Thieves, sounded wonderful and I am hopeful that 2017 will be a big year for the Mansfield singer-songwriter.

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Tickets for the Blossoms shows in 2017 are available here.

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