Lawson find themselves touring with chart topping boy band The Wanted for the second time; but on this occasion it's on a much bigger scale.
The boys are now playing to sold out arenas across the UK.
Lawson are Andy Brown, 24, on vocals and guitar who originally hails from Liverpool; Joel Peat, 21, from Nottingham on lead guitar; Adam Pitts, also 21 from Brighton on drums and 21-year-old Sheffield bassist Ryan Fletcher.
On Friday night it was Manchester’s turn to witness the four-piece taking to the stage at the Manchester Arena.
The warm up VT begins and as four good looking boys appear on the monitors at either side of the stage the audience cheer and scream. Cleary the boys made a good first impression with the mostly female crowd.
But what about the music? The band received a welcoming reaction after their opening number - more than your average support act would normally receive.
Kicking off their five song set with ‘Make it Happen’, it was clear the band had some pre-show nerves and their opening track was not as strong as some of the others that followed; not surprising when singing to a 20,000 crowd!
Continuing their set with ‘Taking Over Me’ and ‘When She Was Mine’ it was clear the band had come into their own on stage and had a solid catalogue of songs ranging from crowd pleasing numbers to more serious ballads. Their songs were at once chart-worthy combined with a fresh sound.
A surprising edition to the set was their version of Ed Sheeran’s 'The A team'; a tough task to complete after the huge success the song has already had. But I hand it to them; it was a succesful cover with strong vocals by Brown leading the way. They also put their own stamp on it by using their range of instruments to accompany the song, which brought an up-tempo feel to the track.
It certainly gained a great reception from the crowd.
After seeing the two warm up acts that followed, it became clear that Lawson should not have been the opening act. They proved to be the strongest on the night and gained the best reaction from the crowd.
‘Standing in the dark’ was the band’s final number proving that they most certainly have the potential to follow in The Wanted boys’ footsteps.