The 5 lads kicked off their 2016 mini tour last week, visiting London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester. They will also be accompanying Justin Bieiber on his world wide tour commencing 29th September. So you could have called this the warm up, or the pre-drink session before you head out to the club. Either way, the soulful singers, sung their hearts out, staring into their fans eyes, in a professional heart throb’s fashion.
As the queue trailed out onto the main road, up to the venue, through the bar and up the stairs; I could tell these were dedicated Mic Lowry fans, sporting their previous tour t-shirts and queuing 50 minutes before the doors even opened, all in order to secure that all important eye to eye contact.
The intimate venue of Hare and Hounds situated in Kings Heath, one of Brums most established music venues, and the host of UB40’s first ever gig, was now the home to Mic Lowry for the night.
The boys entered through the door, escorted by security, politely parting the overwhelmed crowd of majority 17 years old; out on a school night. They hit the stage and engaged with the crowd, oozing off their energy, making each girl think they were singing directly to them. But it wasn’t just the young ones in the crowd that loved the lads. The venues crowd was also full of couples enjoying their date nights and the older fans ranging from mid 20’s/30’s.
The band hit us with their most popular covers, such as Rihanna’s “Work” and Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange”. During a transition of song to song, the band had stopped playing and the audience were reasonably quiet, after wolf whistling and screams an audience member made a request for the boys to cover the Bob Marley classic “Jammin”. They were in no rush to decline the sporadic offer, anything to please their diehard fans. It was a crowd pleaser.
They performed their new single “Oh Lord” that came out September 16th, despite only just being released, the audience still undoubtedly knew word for word.
They left the finale down to Michael leaving him and his guitar on stage for a final serenade. Just when we thought the rest of the boys had said their final goodbyes…plot twist, they ushered themselves back through the crowd to spoil us more, before signing off properly with a definite final goodbye song.
Of course, fans hovered around the venue once the concert had finished. The band was cooperative, ensuring that the fans got their hug or quick pic for SnapChat or Instagram.
Powerful voices, smooth tones and amazing harmonies from the band, their practice and dedication is shown through the way each members voice compliments one another’s…and this is confirmed even more so now I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live, in their acoustic elements.
Mic Lowry will be touring again in 2017 – Get your tickets here