Three months after releasing their fifth studio album Night People, You Me At Six set out on a UK tour to show their fans exactly what the album is about. OnTheScene went down to their Bournemouth show last week to check it out.
The main support for the night was Australian pop-punk band Tonight Alive. Singer Jenna McDougall took to the stage ready to own it and hype the crowd up, getting the audience ready for You Me At Six. Amongst the crowd, there were quite a few people wearing Tonight Alive merchandise and it was clear that a number of the people were there to see them, but for the rest of the crowd filling out the venue, it was clear that not many of them knew who the band were yet still turned up early to give them a chance. The band played some catchy pop-punk songs and tried quite hard to get audience participation, which did them well.
When You Me At Six took to the stage, they kicked off with their latest album’s title track Night People. The crowd seemed really into the new music and gave a lot of energy and sing alongs during that first track. The set was very stripped back; there was no backdrop, no visual elements on stage, just 5 boys and their music which could have been a bit risky, but paid off well.
For the band, this was a relatively small show and although not quite sold out, it felt intimate. Mid-way through the set, the band played Save It For The Bedroom, their first single release which would have been great had people known it. There were a select amount of fans who you could tell have followed the band for many years and they went crazy for this rare occasion of an old song, but the majority of the crowd seemed to only be familiar with their later stuff and this really affected the atmosphere of the show.
After this, the band played more of the songs off of Night People and the energy went back up, but with the latest album being more laid back in comparison to their previous releases, I think it gave the show a different, more relaxed energy to what it would have done before the release of this album. When it came to their encore, the band ended with well known songs Lived A Lie, Give and Room to Breathe, and gave the show a great sing along end to the evening.
Overall, it was a really good show but it could have been a great one, and it just fell short. Don’t be put off though, You Me At Six are definitely on the up and soon enough will be playing bigger and better shows, so get ready.