Brett Young has had an incredible UK tour with packed out, sell-out shows across the country. It follows his main stage performance at C2C earlier this year where he won over more fans with his energetic stage presence. I went along to his Manchester show at the Academy 2 where you couldn’t move for the crowd of people who had flocked to see the entertainer.
He was supported by label mate Callista Clark who was one of the highlights of C2C as she took to the smaller stages. Her powerful voice and her talent for telling a story got the London crowd on board in March and she won over a few more followers in Manchester on Saturday night. She talked us through her new album which came out in October and played songs such as ‘Brave Girl’ which appeared to be a favourite amongst the crowd. She held her own on stage, bursting with confidence she delivered her perfectly written songs.
For the main event next and Young entered the stage energetically, his tight knit band bursting to life as he played through his repertoire. Fan favourites such as ‘Sleep Without You’ had the whole crowd singing along. He stopped the show at one point to check on a fans wellbeing and after help was called he resumed with ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’. During this song a couple got engaged which Young saw and congratulated from the stage. He shared the stories and meanings behind the songs with the audience. When the crowd twigged he was about to sing ‘Mercy’ they roared to life.
His voice had never sounded better and his band looked as though they were enjoying every second of this tour too. He worked the stage pacing up and down, getting the crowd on either side hyped up. He played through the highlights of his latest album, songs such as ‘Lady’ resonated with the crowd and ‘Like I Loved You’ tugged on the heart strings as he delivered it with emotion. An acoustic section in the middle of his set, saw him perform a cover of Tim McGraw’s ‘Don’t Take The Girl’ which he really made his own. He concluded with an encore of ‘You Didn’t’, his latest single. It was a fantastic night with Brett Young at his very best and it’s no wonder the run of shows saw a sell-out crowd attend. Young continues to go from strength to strength.