Live Music Review: You Me at Six – Return to the Barrowland Ballroom

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YMAS take to the stage

The Truth Decay tour kicked off in true Scottish style.

You Me at Six kicked off the UK leg of their tour last week by gracing Glasgow concert-goers with a two night stint at one of Glasgow’s most iconic venues.

With the same name as their new album, the Truth Decay tour is set to rock cities throughout the UK and Europe, with a few special guests along for the ride.

The UK portion of the tour saw appearances from Bears in Trees, The Maine and Waterparks.

Waterparks lead vocalist Awsten Knight – Image Credit: Ashleigh Fenwick

The five-piece Surrey-based band formed back in 2004, with their debut album Take Off Your Colours solidifying their success in 2008. For almost two decades, the boys have been selling out venues all over the world.

For Truth Decay, 125 upgrade tickets were released for each UK date which gave fans a chance to meet the band before the show. Upgrade ticket holders also received a signed tour poster and a limited edition copy of the new album, plus a photo with the band to capture the moment.

Fan meet-and-greet with YMAS – Image Credit: Ashleigh Fenwick

Opening with the first EP from Truth Decay, the track Deep Cuts made the crowd come alive as they stepped onto the stage. This energy remained at a high level for the entire gig.

The set list was packed with hits, new and old, with a few nostalgic emo throwbacks thrown in, including Liquid Confidence (Nothing to Lose), Stay With Me, Reckless, Underdog and Bite My Tongue.

With ongoing energy and mosh-pits galore, the tone was wound back as the band performed an emotional acoustic set. Songs like No One Does it Better and Take on the World made the crowd become illuminated with lights as everyone held their phone in the air – there was not a dry eye in the house.

To close in true You Me at Six fashion, they brought the hype back with their high-energy tracks SUCKAPUNCH and Beautiful Way, which had everyone jumping and screaming the lyrics for a final time.

As they took their final bows, YMAS looked out over their Scottish fans and thanked everyone for coming out. In the words of front-man Josh Franeschi, ‘we love you Glasgow – no one does it better’.

Featured Image Credit: Abigail Taylor

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