ENRG Music’s Luka Kenyon took a trip to Newcastle on Sunday to catch LANY on their world tour, with support from lovelytheband.
Though LANY are playing at SWG3 in Glasgow on Friday, I travelled to Newcastle to catch lovelytheband on their penultimate night as support on the tour.
Having caught up with lovelytheband in Glasgow when they supported 5SOS back in October, I was super keen to see them live again.
They are a fantastic, energetic live act with sing-along anthems galore. I look forward to them returning to the UK on their own tour in the near future, as I would love to hear them play more than five songs. Their debut album finding it hard to smile, released last August, is full of hidden gems that I’d love to hear live. lovelytheband took to the stage to play my favourite anthemic track make you feel pretty, before ethereal fan-favourite coachella. The boys included a cover of The Killers’ Mr. Brightside to get the crowd going before playing their breakout hit broken, which recently broke Billboard’s Alternative Chart’s longevity record, becoming the longest-running song in the chart’s three-decade history, spending a massive 66 weeks on the list. The boys ended their set with these are my friends, the crowd warmed up and enthusiastically joining in with singing the chorus.
lovelytheband were a really strong support choice for LANY, as they were a perfect warm up in terms of genre and style.
LA 3-piece LANY had the strongest start to a set I have ever experienced. Practically bursting on stage to perform Thick and Thin, the crowd were screaming along instantly. The set transitioned between songs smoothly and seamlessly, like some sort of ethereal experience and I was actually glad they didn’t pause between songs to address the crowd as the whole show felt like one big immersive experience. Frontman Paul Jason Klein had an amazing stage presence, climbing on amps and getting up close with fans. LANY’s background graphics were seriously impressive, washing the crowd in luminous hot pink and blue or displaying lyrics. The entire show came across as an incredibly well thought-out concept, transporting the audience to a summer night in LA. LANY’s latest album Malibu Nights is very much a concept album with a very particular vibe, but never have I experienced a band bring that concept to the stage with them so well. The atmosphere in the venue was electric and I honestly enjoyed every single second of the set.
LANY will be at SWG3 this Friday 15th March – keep up to date with them here.
By Luka Kenyon