Live Review: Amber Run – Brighton

Amber Run

Concorde 2, Brighton October 2017

Words & Photos: Chloe Hashemi

It’s always a treat when you get to see not one but two great bands grace the same stage in a single evening. That being said, you can imagine my delight when I found out I would be seeing both Amber Run and Seafret just sets apart at my hometown’s Concorde 2.


Both such strong bands, yet both quite different in style- I was intrigued to see how Seafret would warm up the almost sold out venue of eager awaiting Amber Run fans. In the end, Seafret mostly let their stunning music speak for itself, letting the clever lyrics and masterful guitar riffs win the crowds over. As modest as ever, the boys kept the chatting to a minimum, leaving more room for them to use their instruments and vocals tell the story. Although very different energy from the main act, Harry and Jack of Seafret managed to get the crowd hyped for Amber Run’s set, all while keeping them almost deadly quiet during their own set.


By around 9:30pm, it was time for the main event, and you could genuinely feel the excitement bubbling over across the venue. Once the stage crew had swiftly signalled to lights and sound to start the set, the room was ready to burst. Perched in the pit, it felt as if the crowd behind me were ready to erupt and spill out on to the stage itself.


The band happily absorbed this energy and kicked off their set with the much loved Pilot from their first album. Although this sounds cheesy, the placement of this song right at the opening of the show felt like the perfect opening credits to a rather good film.


Amber Run went on to showcase the best of their musical catalogue, playing the title track from their debut album, 5AM towards the end of their set. As one of their more emotional songs, by this point, the frontman Joe Keogh had his fans right in the palm of his hand. As my absolute favourite Amber Run song by far, this was definitely my highlight of the night. There was something rather distinct about being in the classic Victorian building that is Concorde 2, right by the sea, and being surrounded by such harrowing lyrics. I even spotted Brighton locals, and one of my firm favourites, Fickle Friends loving every minute the set, cheering the guys on and singing every word just as much as the teenagers around, in front and behind them.


The night ended on a punchy encore, which included gems from the band’s most recent album For a Moment I was Lost, with No Answers being the last song that the band played to their awestruck room. This left me, and the rest of the crowd it seemed, on quite a high to say the least.


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