Review: Circa Waves are full of spirit at Manchester Academy 1

A truly remarkable band, Liverpudlians Circa Waves formed in 2013 and have been busy making a name for themselves ever since.

The four-piece’s upbeat jangle-rock echoes the sound of the likes of Razorlight and The Libertines (who they opened for this time last year).

If nothing else, it’s safe to say that Circa Waves are no longer performing in the shadows of the underground rock music scene. Having gained real momentum this year, the quartet built a strong following by supporting The 1975 on tour in the UK and made busy work of festival season, with appearances at Latitude Festival, T-in the Park, Glastonbury Festival, Reading and Leeds Festival.

Circa Waves Ticketmaster Tim Easton Reading
Circa Waves at Reading Festival 2015

They’ve come a long way in such a short space of time, and tonight is proof that they’re showing no signs of wanting to slow down. Headlining Manchester Academy 1, the four-piece deliver an endless sonic wave of upbeat indie-rock which pulsates through the sold out venue.

Kieran Shudall and co work to get the crowd involved at every possible opportunity, with a ‘Manchester la la la’ chant erupting early on. Every song follows with full effort, feeling and heart, which they infuse into their whole performance. The band are well and truly in there element as they perform, with a fierce desire to impress.

Together the four band members show that they have found their forte in life and the excitement this brings to the lads is projected to the audience as one huge adrenaline rush. The UK music scene is certainly a better place with this lot in it.

Ladies and gentleman, I present, Circa Waves.

Circa Waves, Manchester Academy 1, 14/10/15

Words: Lauren Sheil