The K’s @ The Ritz, Manchester 25/01/20 | Live Review

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The K’s showcase to Manchester why 2020 could be their year!


Manchester Ritz was bouncing with life from the second the doors opened on Saturday 25th January, when The K’s sold out their headline show. The gig marked one year on from their sold out show at Manchester Academy 2, and was destined to be one to remember from the minute tickets were released. From the beginning, the fans constantly had something to be listening to, as in between each support act Joe and Adam from XS Manchester ensured the atmosphere didn’t calm down with their own DJ set. We were spoilt for music choice, and there was never a silent moment from the get go. 

SYFTA were the first band to face the crowd’s cheers, and were given a warm reception with plenty of head bopping and body swaying (not all necessarily in time with their music!) It was energetic, and paved the way for a night of madness. After a short interlude from Joe and Adam, Narrow Margin were next up. These lads supported The K’s last year, and so it was great to see (and hear) a reunion. Plenty of the crowd knew their lyrics and Narrow Margin gave an edgy, electric performance. Joe and Adam then made their final appearance, and by this point the mosh pits were well under way. 

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The K’s strolled onto the stage with anticipation but somehow managing to look relaxed – the quartet clearly felt right at home. Screams and cheers were the crowds input to their high energy rock songs, and there didn’t feel to be a division between the band and the crowd as we were all as excited as the other. ‘Got a Feeling’ escaped from the amps as beer (and probably piss) danced it’s way through the air before soaking us all.

The energetic tracks never stopped, and whilst some haven’t been released, we were treated to ‘Glass Towns’ and ‘Aurora’ in the main set. The K’s also gave us a preview of one of their new songs and – spoiler – it’s a good one, but the set wasn’t always pacing riffs as their unreleased acoustic track ‘Hoping Maybe’ was performed with pure emotion. Inevitably, the lads then played their ‘last song’ before re-emerging thanks to the loud demand of the crowd. The infectious riffs of ‘Sarajevo’ opened up and the atmosphere became intoxicating as everyone danced like no one was watching. The real final song ‘Cry For me Wonderella’ is also unreleased, but that didn’t stop a majority of the loyal fans knowing the lyrics and all of the crowd jumping like there was no tomorrow. 

Saturday 25th January will be a date that The K’s and fans alike will remember as the quartet from Earlestown grow from strength to strength. 

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