After a whole year away quietly making their new record, You Me At Six return to the limelight (literally) and put on their greatest Belfast show to date.
It had been four years since You Me At Six last played in Belfast (supporting Paramore at a Belsonic show in the summer of 2012) and the colossal amount of anticipation and excitement could be felt among the sold-out Limelight crowd even before the band took to the stage.
Each member appeared on stage one by one to the quiet, eerie opening chords of When We Were Younger, almost luring the crowd into a false sense of security, before tearing into one of their heaviest and best songs to date, Bite My Tongue. This set the mood for the rest of the show from that point on, the crowd was treated to a full-fledged, no-holds-barred rock show as the band moved seamlessly through the greatest hits, old fan favourites and sing-a-longs from their past 3 albums, rarely stopping for breath.
Despite songs from their debut album being noticeably (albeit predictably) absent, the band’s setlist was really strong, in particular the songs from Cavalier Youth – an album not many Irish fans got to experience live the first time around during its touring cycle – including Forgive and Forget and Lived A Lie. One of the highlights of the show proved to be a moving and bittersweet stripped-back rendition of Too Young To Feel This Old.
The crowd were also treated to new music from the band’s forthcoming album Night People and it was during these songs You Me At Six were performing at their very best. Swear is bound to be one of the best tracks on the record as it went down a storm live and really highlighted how impressive Josh’s vocal range has become since the band’s beginnings. They closed the night with Night People, a song which illustrates the band’s slicker, more sophisticated rock sound, leaving the room even more excited for the record to be released next year.
This was my fourth time seeing the band’s live show and it’s safe to say this was their best yet. The show was energetic, loud and exciting from start to finish and the band were loving it just as much as the crowd were. A new chapter has opened for this band and I can’t wait to see where they go next.
I sat down with Chris Miller from You Me At Six ahead of the gig to have a chat about the recording process for the new album, how it feels to be back playing shows again and his favourite song from Night People (out January 2017). Listen below!