City & Colour: O2 Academy, Leeds

A large crowd gathered at the O2 Academy in Leeds to witness the return of City and Colour. A hush fell over the audience as the beautiful and relaxing tones of support act Hannah Georgas filled the room. Her synth-pop and delicate vocals may not have been the obvious choice for a support slot for a band of the nature of City and Colour but the fantastic quality of her vocals was appreciated by those in attendance. This kind of music is increasingly popular at the moment with the rise of HAIM and London Grammar and I would place Hannah Georgas style directly in-between Enya and Does It Offend You Yeah?

City and Colour then appeared and opened their set with ‘Of Space and Time’. Dallas Green’s vocals were haunting, tender and flawless from the first moments of this beautiful melody, and all throughout their set. ‘Of Space and Time’ led straight into ‘The Lonely Life’ as they took the tempo up a notch and the crowd began to become more vocal.

They displayed their wide ranging variety and ability to work up a crowd’s energy but also their ability to captivate them and stun them into silence with moments of acoustic beauty. Songs like ‘Sleeping Sickness’ had an uplifting effect on the audience whilst ‘Comin’ Home’ and ‘Little Hell’ had them in owe of their ethereal and tranquil serenity. After an acoustic set from Green the band rejoined him and the set built towards its finale of fan favourites ‘Thirst’, ‘Fragile Bird’ and ‘Sorrowing Man’. After the mass sing-along these tracks turned out to be an encore was demanded and they returned to play ‘The Girl’ and a final flurry of ‘Death’s Song’.

Throughout the gig Green seemed to be passionate about his art whilst also displaying a dry wit and not taking himself too seriously. His wit was regularly in evidence but the main example of this was when the crowd booed the mention of Wales in ‘Comin’ Home’, he stopped playing to point out that he wasn’t saying anything positive about Wales he was simply pointing out he has seen it and that the crowd shouldn’t treat his songs like a soccer game.

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