Panic! At The Disco @ Manchester O2 Apollo 8/5/14 ★★★★★

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Panic! At The Disco is an unstoppable force of dance-rock power. With last year’s release of album ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die’ showing yet another dimension to P!ATD’s sound, their live show was not going to be one to be missed on their visit to the UK. Before the show at the Manchester 02 Apollo, we chat to Brendon about his producer Butch Walker, musical influences and the ‘Nicotine’ EP, and the on-stage production which would later be the cherry on top of a stunning performance by Urie and co. (Check out the interview here)

 

mtBut first, we’re treated to London act, MT (Many Things), who offer up Les Mis in the modern era, with a very animated singer and an intoxicating synth rock feel. Their unique sound not only sends the audience crazy, but the frontman takes every opportunity to propel his adrenaline fuelled body directly into the crowd. His excitable Labrador charm wins over everybody in the sold out theatre, as well as their extremely likeable electronic dance number. Ones to watch.

 

king charlesKing Charles are up next, delivering a more rocky, Mumford and Sons, vibe. The enigmatic lead singer is welcomed by a thousand screams that develop into engaged chants later on in the set. The folk music feel encompasses great rock elements with Jamaican vibes; we’re transported to a tropical paradise. A choral sound on one track sends us into rapture. Their anthemic tunes and incredible drummer are met with nothing but praise from the crowd, as the frontman (who reminds us of Prince. A lot – Ed), wows us with his vocal performance (and interesting leg-wear).

 

Panic! At The Disco have always put on an incredible live show, and tonight is no different. Opening with ‘Vegas Lights’, and turning up the heat in the already moist venue with their dance-inducing light show; the night gets off to an electrifying start. Brendon Urie bounds around the huge stage like a kid at Christmas, and beams when the 3500-capacity venue crowd (sold out, may we add) almost reduce it to rubble. Racing through hits old and new such as “Time To Dance” and “The Ballad of Mona Lisa”, we arrive at “This Is Gospel” wherein the stage transforms into a cathedral with stain-glass windows before our very eyes. Now that’s some damn fine production.

gospelUrie’s energy never falters as he delivers one song after another with the same raw talent and enthusiasm. Jets of smoke and a later shirtless Brendon sends the crowd into a frenzy as P!ATD effortlessly perform bangin’ tunes like ‘Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)’ and crowd fave ‘New Perspective’ from the Jennifer’s Body soundtrack. Ever the theatrical showman, Urie shows off his dance moves at every opportunity (and even twerks for a brief period). ‘Nearly Witches’ proves beautiful in its sing-along status; prompting a venue-wide choral extravaganza.

When Panic return for their encore, beginning with ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ no one expected a full-length version of Brendon’s famous vine videos – Positive Hardcore Thursday (which he treats us to our own special version in our interview with him here), which goes down a STORM. ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ closes the show in true Panic fashion, and reminds us of the bands roots, and how far they’ve come, while never losing what made them special in the first place.

Panic! At The Disco – we salute you!

BUY Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Nicotine’ EP here

‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die’ is on sale on iTunes! BUY it here

 

Featured Image credit – 5/8 – Manchester, UK @ The Apollo (Photo by @Hoeg)