In Hindsight at Stealth, Nottingham

After supporting bands previously in the same venue, In Hindsight return to their hometown of Nottingham to play the penultimate gig of their Steal The Show tour, and to say it’s the third show they’ve played in that day, it turns out pretty great. I think what really gets me about this band is that they’re all so young, ages between 15 and 18. They’ve got a good lineup of supports too, so it’s no surprise it’s a good night in the bank. Opening band Concept do a fair job of starting the night off, and although the set feels a little interrupted by the extensive amounts of promotion, the songs are all very well executed, including a cover of Lawson’s Juliet. They finish on a track off their new EP which includes a much rockier intro and seems to suit the band more. And I have to say, considering they were the first band on, they set the night off to a pretty good start.

They’re followed by female-fronted Orchard Hill who’re bursting with enthusiasm – quite literally. They’re not just all over the stage; they’re springing off it in every direction. They include a cover of Miley’s Wrecking Ball, and a neat performance of this shows just how tight they are. They really manage to get the night on a roll – probably due to the fact that the lead singer has a camera on her mic, filming for their new music video. From an acoustic ballad to a hug final record with single potential, the entire set shows how a support can make the most of an audience. The crowd don’t need to be told twice to enjoy themselves. The final support of the night is New Manor, who challenge one aspect of performance I’m usually very sure of. Most of the time I’ve found that a frontman who focuses solely on vocals is typically better at getting the crowd warmed up, but Marty (Jackson) breaks that belief. Even with his guitar, he’s got a real talent for getting everyone in the room to feel like they’re a part of the night. Add in clear vocals and a generally well rounded performance and you’ve got a damn good final support.

The fact that the headliners enter stage to heavy strobe lighting definitely sets the mood for their show; above and beyond. The lights are accompanied by screaming as deafening as you’d expect at a concert of thousands. Everyone is the crowd is clearly loving the show, and although they don’t need an encouragement, Michael (Newcombe, vocals) easily provides a little persuasion where necessary. The powerful vocals support a beat which quite literally shakes the room and the performance has obviously had a lot of thought put into it. For some reason the show feels incredibly polished, and little things like seamless changes between songs, clear vocals and music that isn’t interrupted when it comes to promotion result in a show that’s of a standard you’d expect from bands such as Lawson. The guys are very down to earth though, and moments such as getting a photo with the crowd and emphasising that it’s a hometown show highlight how appreciative the guys are of the fact they get to play to crowds of such a size.

They include a few covers on their set; Bruno Mars, Swedish House Mafia and a Christmassy Mariah Carrey number. The crowd appeared to have doubled since the start of the show and it’s comforting that they don’t let this go to their head. Finishing the set with their single Steal The Show (“as it’s Christmas, we were going to call this the Steal The Snow tour!”), the crowd are definitely satisfied. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – to say they’re so young, it’s damn impressive.


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