Kids In Glass Houses Farewell Tour – Manchester – 11/10/14 Live Review

Due to high ticket sales, the venue for the farewell tour of the Welsh five piece was upgraded from Gorilla to Manchester Academy 2. The bigger venue however, did not restrict the atmosphere. The energy was as close knit and intense as it would have been beforehand, totalling to the night being an unforgettable success.

Supporting act Save Your Breath established the mood for a fast paced highly energetic night of pop-punk fun. They warmed up the crowd by encouraging dancing, jumping and the odd mosh pit, prior to thanking the headliners for giving them the support opportunity. In response, they were greeted by loud screams and cheers with the volume levels rising upon asking the crowd if they were ready for Kids in Glass Houses.

KIGH’s last ever set list, consisting of twenty songs, clearly had a lot of thought put into it. It mixed both old favourites for the long term fans with new, and never failed to have the crowd singing along, even with the less popular tracks from album ‘In Gold Blood’. Their sound stayed electrically consistent through the night, with the crisp vocals and instruments never faltering, and sounding very much like a studio recording rather than a live show. Front man Aled Phillips even had the confidence to stay silent at points and hand the microphone over to the audience, trusting the mixed group of enthusiasts to fill in the lyrics.

It’s safe to say my highlight of the entire performance was the acoustic rendition of ‘Raise Hell’, before slow and emotional favourite ‘The Morning Afterlife’.  I for one had goose bumps, and looking around to see the audience waving their arms, mobile phones and lighters in time, must have had the band members overwhelmed with them and sheer joy too.

Despite ending on a high note with the crowd pleasing ‘Matters at All’, the farewell was definitely an emotional one, leaving some fans with tears in their eyes and the rest with a bittersweet memory of the night. Fingers crossed for a comeback at some point in the future, but until then Kids In Glass Houses have finally come home.” -Official Kids in Glass Houses Biography

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By Rae Coppola

Not The Most Typical Of Students

After facing the near impossible task of fitting a mammoth load of necessities, that probably won’t all be that essential, into my parents Ford Focus, I journeyed off to University. I was apprehensive of leaving the nest, but I was more than ready to try my luck at being independent and make something of myself.  Following parking up and the emotional goodbyes, I moved into the room that was to become my home for the year.

I found my feet quickly and got to grips with the campus, all the while trying not to make eye contact with the students union members selling freshers wristbands. I knew buying one would be a bad idea, so I resisted with all my might, regardless of the good offer they were being sold at. Why? I’m what people call a “lightweight”. As in, I cannot hold my liquor very well and enjoy rather inexpensive nights out. Consequently, the thought of dressing up and going out to an event every evening had me horrified. I could handle the odd one as long as I had a day to recover, but seven consecutive days drinking was definitely not for me.

As a matter of fact, one session of pre-drinks seemed to have knocked me sideways. Turns out I’d developed the dreaded and debilitating Glandular Fever. Students commonly face obstacles such as freshers flu, but I, of course, had to go one step further and end up in a hospital bed back home.

All in all, I had a memorable two weeks of freshers, similar to how I imagine the experiences of others will have been, but I’m glad I didn’t buy a wristband.

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