LIVE: Fatherson/Lonely The Brave @ Deaf Institute, Manchester

On a showery, miserable, cold night in Manchester, Lonely The Brave’s first ever headline tour around the United Kingdom heads into town,  half of a only a two band bill, I was unsure on what to expect and how many people would show up, though over  the course of the evening, people appeared in dribs and drabs, slowly filling up the room.


Hailing all the way from Glasgow, the quartet Fatherson were first to take to the stage and they completely surpass the expectations of the entire audience. The opening note completely stunned them so much that you couldn’t hear a pin drop. Vocalist, Ross Leighton, has an unmistakeable vocal range which is completely flawless and definitive. Making the highest notes look effortless, he is one of his own. their sound is perfectly balanced range of harmonies, dynamics and contrasting elements in each song.

Having already supported bands such as Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit and Panic! At The Disco, played the BBC Introducing Stage at T In The Park, the release of their latest single ‘I Like Not Knowing’ and the release of their debut album ‘I Am An Island’ on April 7th, Fatherson have a bright future ahead of them.

Check out our interview with Fatherson here.


Second to the stage was Lonely The Brave,  an alt-rock band from Cambridge,  they have recently finished touring with one of the most well loved  bands in the UK, Don Broco. By doing this, they have managed to captivate an audience from all over the country.

Having listened to the,  beforehand, it is to no surprise that they are preferable as a live act.David Jakes, the vocalist, is a natural talent. His voice is definitely one which takes you by surprise and could fill a large venue alone. It is like a drug which leaves you gasping for more. On stage, David hides away from the limelight but he is more than capable to showcase his husky vocals, even when the instruments in the band can sometimes be downright overpowering.

Although LTB are an absolute delight to hear, they make up for the crowd’s lack of interaction with their perseverance in dishing out stand-out tracks ‘Backroads’, ‘The Blue, The Green’ and ‘Dinosaurs’ among many more of their favourites. The quiet gaps between the songs are quickly forgotten as the awesome songs continue to flourish. The instrumentalists (consisting of Joel Mason and Mark Trotter on guitars, Andrew Bushen on bass guitar and Gavin Edgeley on drums) pull off a well-rehearsed, polished and crisp performance behind the vocal helm. It seems that the lack of crowd personality has struck a nerve – LTB’s unmatched ability to normally send watchers into a frenzy has not been as strong an example on this occasion.




Written by Nikki Limbrick

Check out our Interview with Lonely the Brave here.