Continuing their UK leg of their tour, Editors stormed the main academy stage last night to a sold out and very excitable Manchester crowd. Having just released a brand new album ‘EBM’ we were treated to both old and new as the band fired through an impressive set list, no doubt spoilt for choice having seven albums to choose from in their twenty year history as a band.
Support came from The KVB, an electronica duo (with a psychedelic twist) consisting of Kat Day and Nicholas Wood, The duo who formed in 2012 recently released an album ‘Unity’ and fans were treated to a number of tracks which had atmospheric vibes reminiscent of The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band have also recently worked alongside The Editors on a remix of their single ‘Vibe’, and were the perfect warm up for the main event.
If you had to describe a perfect frontman (from a photographers point of view anyway) Tom Smith ticks most of the boxes. Charismatic, endearingly quirky, passionate and with a steely determined delivery of every single word, sung with conviction. The Editors know how to treat an audience, as they cooly entered the stage, the sold out crowd were already buzzing from the excellent support, and well chosen intermittent tracks to keep the rapport going.
The first track was a new one from the latest album ‘EBM’. “Heart Attack’ is a melodic piece with 80’s inspired synth and electronic drumming and when parred with Tom Smith’s haunting vocals, it is already a classic with the bands instantly recognisable sound. The band started strong and continued so through an epic set list which included fan favourites ‘Munich’ ‘Smokers Outside Hospital Doors’ and ‘An End Has a Start’. The band concluded with a three track encore and the evening finished with ‘Papillon’.
Before heading over to Europe for their next leg of the tour, the band have a couple more UK dates and all information can be found HERE.
It was clear from the social media hype and the demand for tickets that The Editors are still going strong, with a loyal fan base and no doubt adding a few more last night. They could have certainly sold out the 2600 capacity venue twice over.