You Me At Six at Opera House

Following the release of their latest album, VI, UK rock band You Me At Six hit the stage at the Opera House on Feb. 26th as part of their headlining tour supporting the album. The 10-song album boasts a fresh sound full of catchy indie pop hooks influenced by the heavy rock elements the band is known for. VI’s anthemic choruses and punchy beats blend into an unexpected new sound with enough familiarity that it remains accessible to new or old fans alike. You Me At Six brought the new songs to life at the Opera House with an unforgettable show.

Launching into their set, the band opened with Fast Forward, the first track from VI, packing a powerful punch. For Canadian fans who haven’t seen the band in while, it was a welcomed reminder that the group’s style of infectious rock is alive and well in their new sound. Contrastingly, Back Again highlighted the band’s new direction with a lively dance hit. A groovy bass line carried the tune, while frontman Josh Franceschi encouraged the crowd to let loose with a commanding, yet inviting stage presence and some funky dance moves.

Throughout the set, Franceschi’s interaction with the crowd was what helped turn the show into an unforgettable experience. With no barricade separating the crowd from the band, he took the opportunity to meaningfully connect with the audience. From simple gestures like high-fives and dancing with fans to having full-on conversations with attendees in between songs, he treated the crowd as if they were all close friends. It’s rare to see a band interact so genuinely with fans in a way that doesn’t seem forced. Franceschi’s efforts to turn the concert into a special experience for the fans was refreshing and inspiring to see.

The band dug up some older favourites like 2012’s raucous Bite My Tongue and heartfelt No One Does It Better. 2009’s Underdog closed the set with a heavy dose of nostalgia.

You Me At Six Setlist
Fast Forward
Lived a Lie
Reckless
Loverboy
Back Again
Night People
Fresh Start Fever
Cold Night
Predictable
Give
3AM
Take on the World
I O U
Bite My Tongue

Encore:
Room to Breathe
No One Does It Better
Straight to My Head
Underdog

 

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