The Virginmarys arrive in Bristol on one of their few UK dates opening for Feeder.

Macclesfield’s finest are riding the crest of a wave at the moment, having blossomed over the last couple of years to become firm favourites on both sides of the Atlantic. The band are not scared of a big stage, and they are in great form. Ally Dickaty on guitar and vocals, Danny Dolan on drums and Matt Rose on bass are a tight team putting their all into the live set. The venue is full early on, with an expectant crowd.

A heavy drum introduction brings in opener “I Wanna Take You Home”, which sees Ally moving around the stage and getting down on his knees in front of Danny to play some blistering guitar. It’s full on, 90mph high-energy rock n’ roll.

Danny sits on his high stool – almost standing – as he beats his kit harder than you would think possible. He is for sure one of the great live drummers of the moment. “Halo In Her Silhouette” follows, before debut album favourite “Dead Man’s Shoes” gets the crowd rocking. New single “Free To Do Whatever They Say” is another popular number, and has the audience hanging on every word. Danny get’s a massive sound from his minimal kit.

Ally informs the audience that this is the first time the band have enjoyed walking around Bristol and exploring this great city.

“Running For My life” follows, before four in a row from the band’s latest offering Divides (Amazon). “Into Dust”, “For You My Love”, “Motherless Land”, and “Falling Down” may well be from The Virginmarys latest record, but the fans know the songs and are swept away hearing them live and played with the band’s relentless energy. On the latter, Danny goes through even more sticks while giving it his all.

It’s back to King of Conflict (Amazon) for the last two songs and “Lost Weekend” is dedicated to Feeder for having them on the tour before fan favourite “Just A Ride” finishes the set way too quickly.

A fantastic live experience as always, let’s hope it’s not too long before the band are back in town on a headline tour of their own. This crowd would certainly love to see that.

Photos by Donna Coombs

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Event Date: 10-Oct-2016