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Gig review: Noah and the Whale @ MEN Arena, Manchester

By Jack Travers

Indie rock and folk outfit Noah and the Whale continued their rise as they superbly supported Arcade Fire at Manchester’s MEN Arena last night. 

The Twickenham five-piece are already doing big tours of their own and last night’s performance will certainly have won them many more fans.

Their hour long, ten-track set was dominated by big guitar riffs and drum beats and although the crowd could not sing along to too many of their numbers, they seemed to enjoy every minute.

The band had energy in abundance and the three guitars, big drums, keyboard and strong vocals make for a great sound which will lead to their upcoming October UK tour being a hit for sure.

The one thing that will make this band more of a hit live is if they have a couple more songs where the crowd can really get involved but this will come in time, and is always difficult as a support act.

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N was one where the audience could join in, as was 5 Years Time. As the last two songs of the set the band had done strong work in warming everyone up for the evening’s main event.

Vocalist Charlie Fink and his band were clearly delighted to be supporting Arcade Fire and he said as much when introducing Tonight’s The Kind Of Night.

The lyrics say, ‘tonight’s the kind of night when everything could change’. He could be right. This and their upcoming tour could really help propel NATW to even bigger things.


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