Band Night began at Manchester’s Dry Bar on Saturday as a host of rockers brought the noise.
Manchester is notorious for providing great musical entertainment and this night was no exception.
Throngs of young music fans piled into the place, expectant of great things.
Five bands battled to vie for the audience’s affections, some better than others, and by the end had the crowd eating out of their palms.
The evening was kick-started by energetic foursome, Odd Squad.
Their outlandish persona and up-tempo tunes really eased spectators into the tone of the occasion, gearing us all up for what was to come.
The event continued with acts ‘Abandon the Sky’, ‘So Called Friends’ and ‘Hope. Break. Legend’.
‘So Called Friends’ really had the crowd ablaze and the youthful boppers were practically foaming at the mouth by the time the main act took to the stage.
Headliners, The Headstart, crashed onto the stage with a huge magnetic force that drew all the people forward with a noticeable surge.
The Wakefield lads, James “Shimmy” Shimeld (vocals), Kyle Fordham (drums), Gaz Hunter (guitar) and Luke Goddard (rhythm guitar) gave a tight performance, making it clear they have a strong following in the city.
Although the band have a larger fan-base in London, Kyle expressed, “We love being in Manchester. It always makes us feel like home.”
The guys did have a distinct opinion about the city’s eateries though.
Shimmy said: “The McDonald’s milkshake machine never works”, whereas Gaz emotively stated about his favourite food-chain Nando’s: “Nando’s is not just chicken, it’s a life-style”, before flashing a tattoo of the famous Nando’s logo on his ankle.
The last time the band performed in Manchester was as a support act to Tennessee quintet ‘Framing Hanley’ at Manchester Academy to a steady horde of 1,000.
The Headstart are currently on tour promoting their new album, The Beginning, where the finale is to be held in Birmingham this Thursday.
A young fan, Nikki Limbrick, at Saturday’s gig said: “I would totally recommend people to go and see this band.”
The Headstart were a pleasure to watch and their excellent performance illuminated Dry Bar’s humble venue.
They are a definite must see.