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Review & Photos: McFly at Birmingham 02 Academy [Live]

Review & Photos: McFly at Birmingham 02 Academy [Live]

Photos and live review of Mcfly at the Birmingham 02 Academy on March 30th 2012

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Last Edited by: Jemma Dodd April 14th, 2012.

Review by Teri Oakshott

McFly’s shows used to be filled with screaming 14 year olds, but the band has grown, as have their fans. The first of McFly’s two shows in Birmingham sees support come from two bands – the first is local band winner of McFly’s Battle of the Bands style competition Taking Hayley and the second is Dive Bella Dive.

Openers for the night, Taking Hayley, are a fairly new band, but have already created quite a name for themselves on the local scene with various supporting slots already filled. So, it makes sense that quite a few local McFly fans are already aware of them and take great pleasure in singing along. Taking Hayley must have definitely impressed the boys with their performance to land themselves a spot oo the "Keep Calm and Play Louder" tour. Taking Hayley have only a short set allowing them to showcase their music to a much wider audience, as well as throwing in a cover of Pink's 'Raise Your Glass'.

Next up is Dive Bella Dive, those familiar with the band sang along, although it was barely audible through the masses of screams, yet those who are not too aware of the foursome seemed to look on in bewilderment as what can only be described as a mass of feathers entertained the eager crowd. Lead singer Barnaby Courtney shines through as a natural on stage, alongside with the rest of the band. Dive Bella Dive prove they are upcoming talent worth keeping an eye on.

As the time comes, McFly are greeted on stage to a rapture of applause and deafening screams. McFly open their 22-song set with "Nowhere Left to Run" closely followed by "One for the Radio". Tom Fletcher, guitarist/singer in McFly makes the point that McFly have been a band for nine years this year, and their set-list reflects this as they perform songs from all albums – including Five Colours In Her Hair, which is almost eight years old!

Clearly influenced by pop-punk bands as he was growing up, Dougie Poynter the McFly bassist offers Blink 182-style quips from time-to-time. However, those younger members of the audience often fail to get the joke, but join in the applause regardless!

Despite McFly’s normal touring gear of flashy lights and special effects screened for arena viewing being lacking, the McFly boys make up for it by performing hit after hit to keep their crowd entertained. Highlights came in the form of "Star Girl", "Lies", "Transylvania" where Dougie gets to showcase his singing talents and "All About You" provided a good ol’ fashioned sing-a-long for even the parents stood towards the back of the venue. As well as this, the McFly boys performed a medley of covers including "Living on a Prayer", "We Found Love" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", which got everyone moving their feet!

McFly played for a full two hours and ended their show with a two-song encore. The first encore song was "Walk in the Sun" from Motion in the Ocean and was largely performed by Danny Jones, guitar/vocals. Their last song was "Shine A Light" – originally featuring Taio Cruz and which gave everyone a real Friday feeling to party! McFly have come a long way in nine years and their encore proved just that.

Performing at the 02 Academy proved that they don’t need to rely on expensive stage sets and pyrotechnics – McFly need to simply play their music and the fans will continue to pay to see them. A largely sold out 26 date tour has already proven this. Here’s to another nine years of McFly!

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