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Fightstar Review: Manchester Academy 1 (27/10/09).

Hello again!

As promised here is the review from the Fightstar gig I went to at the academy in Manchester last night. Hope you enjoy!

Since starting out 6 years ago, Fightstar have come a long way. The band has crafted an impressive back catalogue of songs over 3 studio albums, several EP’s and b – side album ‘Alternate Endings’.

Last nights set saw the band perform a selection of their biggest hits to date. From the moment Charlie Simpson and co took to the stage, the crowd was eating from the palm of their hand. The band opened the set with ‘Tannhäuser Gate’, a song with the capability to cause chaos with its pounding double bass drum pedal intro stirring the venue into frenzy. The tempo was kept up as the band launched into the second song ‘Colours Bleed To Red’ but the first time that the crowd went absolutely mental was in new album ‘Be Human’s first single ‘The English Way’. Several times during the song, Simpson dropped his vocals and allowed the crowd to carry the lyrics for him, each member of the audience only to happy to oblige. Next on the bill was a special treat. The guys played a new song called ‘City On Fire’ which was received well by all of the audience.2 more tracks from ‘Be Human’ were played next, ‘Mercury Summer’ once again causing the crowds singing to overpower the venue’s PA. After this the band took a step back to a selection of tracks from first album ‘Grand Unification’, playing hits such as ‘Paint Your Target’ and also playing ‘Until Then’. The bands set was brought to a close by (in my opinion) 6 of their strongest songs. From ‘We Apologise For Nothing’ to ‘War Machine’, the crowd were once again singing at the top of their voices and having a great time running into each other in the various ‘pits’ that had erupted throughout the venue. Then to the finale! The band reappeared on stage to play their encore and first single ‘Palahniuk’s Laughter’. This is the crown jewel of the back catalogue and as always proceeds to plunge the crowd into absolute mayhem, every person screaming at the top of their voice!

An amazing night overall but the only downside for me personally was that ‘Mono’ was left from the set. Hopefully that song will be in the set at the next Fightstar gig I go to!

Set list for Manchester Academy (27/10/09)

  • Tannhäuser Gate
  • Colours Bleed to Red
  • The English Way
  • City on Fire
  • Chemical Blood
  • Mercury Summer
  • Paint Your Target
  • Until Then
  • We Apologise For Nothing
  • Amaze Us
  • Grand Unification (Part 1)
  • Deathcar
  • War Machine


  • Palahniuk’s Laughter

Fightstar Live.