Having been incredibly impressed by Rat Boy’s Kendal Calling set, I was eagerly anticipating his headline show at Manchester’s Albert Hall and it did not disappoint. There was a sense of juxtaposition between the very formal setting that is the Albert Hall and Rat Boy’s anarchic style but it only helped to make the evening more enjoyable. At the start of the gig there was limited communication with the crowd which could be down to nerves or pure exhaustion from his energetic performance. As the night progresses, he really seems to get into his comfort zone blasting out fan favourite after fan favourite. One of my highlights was ‘Sign On’ where during the song one of the band members went up onto the balcony and carried on playing as if this was completely normal. I really get a sense of Jamie T in his performances and as long as that isn’t copied, it can only be a good thing. The teenage crowd were absolutely loving the atmosphere which Rat Boy projected which basically was a ‘fuck you’ to anything he didn’t agree with. A night full of anarchy, rebellion, and catchy songs left everyone feeling like they were back in the days of The Clash and The Sex Pistols.
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Review by Jack McCabe | @JackMcCabeIMN