I had the most amazing time finally getting to see CHVRCHES at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.
I bought the tickets ages ago which luckily coincided with getting my examination results back from semester 1 so I did not feel as guilty for purchasing them.
We traveled to Manchester on the 15th where we wandered around Arndale shopping centre for an hour, then went to the hotel to freshen up before heading out to the concert. It was also the first time using a tram which was super fun and so easy to use. I have general fears of new places so I like to plan every route – which I was able to easily do without asking anyone for help!
We explored Manchester a bit more the day after the concert where we went to the shopping centre again and then walked over to Affleck’s indoor shopping centre. I had the most fun there – it is a collection of small boutiques full of clothes, shoes, posters, vintage creations and general cute stuff. And I got lost… when you walk in it is like Aladdin’s cave. The place has three floors when several shops per floor, but it’s kinda “squished” so it has a rustic feel (if that makes sense).
** Went into the Lego shop where this Chewbacca was; next is the fountain at Piccadilly gardens and finally a massive arrow of where we stayed**
CHVRCHES + Concert
CHVRCHES is one of my favorite bands, which I can listen to in any sort of mood. They are a synth-pop band from Glasgow that consists of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty. Formed in 2011 with a range of singles/EPs of “Mother We Share”, “Lies” and “Recover” and later releasing their first album in 2014 titled “Bones Of What You Believe”
The tour was based on their new album “Love Is Dead” which features some older music such as lies, gun, recover and mother we share. As well as their new songs which featured: Get Out, Graffiti, Miracle and Deliverance. The overall setlist was well comprised as it had a wide range of songs for every era of CHVRCHES.
Supporting them was Lets Eat Grandma, who I briefly had a listen to a few days before the concert. I did not know much about them, and I am kind of glad because they were amazing on stage. The only way I can describe their performance was eccentric… there was a saxophone, recorder and xylophone which gave me throwbacks to year 8 music lessons.
** Lets Eat Grandma**
When CHVRCHES came on it was just magical – I have waited years to see them and they did not disappoint. Lauren is dead cute on stage and engages with the audience about the silliest things. She had trouble with her earpiece where she couldn’t hear and stopped the whole band which was hilarious. The general engagement with the band/audience was always there. After a few songs they would speak between each other as well as involving the fans. Which is nice because although they are a big band, they are still at that level where their fans are valued.
I loved the whole atmosphere! After going to a few concerts before such as Enter Shikari, Beyonce and McBusted it was nice to be in a more mellow place. The venue was bigger than I expected it to be as it was inside a converted warehouse – but it was really nice. The only thing that was a disappointment was after 40 minutes I had to go to the back because I couldn’t breathe and thought I was gonna pass out. There are original columns in the warehouse that had small TV’s on so you could see the performance… but honestly it was pointless.
If you wanna check out their music I will link their collection below which is available on Spotify, and also a few covers they have done which are incredible.
- This is CHVRCHES
- Love Is Dead
- Hansa Session – EP
- Spotify Sessions (Live)
- I’m All Ears – Let’s Eat Grandma
Let me know in the comments whether you are a fan CHVRCHES, or if you have any recommendations for bands!