LIVE: The Sherlocks – O2 Academy, Sheffield

It’s been a long time since The Sherlocks played their last headline show in Sheffield but on Friday night, it felt like they’d never been away with a sold out show at the O2 Academy.

In 2019, the Sheffield four-piece secured their second Top 20 record with Under Your Sky, the long-awaited follow up to Live For The Moment but unfortunately, they were forced to reschedule their winter tour which meant some of that momentum was lost (or so we thought).

You’d have thought when the Crooks and the Davidsons walked out on stage to the best track on their latest record Magic Man, it was as if they were halfway through, or ending their tour, rather than kicking it off. They seemed energised, more mature than their last Sheffield show over two years ago, and from the first minute, sounded and looked like the real deal.

Playing a host of tracks from their debut record, Escapade, Blue and Last Night all hit the right marks in the crowd. They were interspersed with lead single from the new record, NYC and Dreams one of my personal favourites, before Kiaran announced a real surprise, a brand new track being played for the first time, titled Wake Up.

It shouldn’t have been, considering this was still the Under Your Sky album tour, but this new song, was by far the set highlight. When putting the tracks from the first two albums together in one set, there is a distinct shift in sound, Wake Up straddles them two perfectly; blending the indie-rock from album one with the more mature sound from the second. Outstanding.

There was no stopping though and Kiaran was on real form signalled by the confidence to sing a Stone Roses cover and a classy ode to Tyson Fury. With the release of the new album, the band now have a nice set of slower tracks, One Day and I Want It All, namely but it’s Nobody Knows, Live For The Moment and Heart of Gold that get the newly bucket-hat laden, sold out crowd really bouncing.

It’s a superb set and whilst not the band’s biggest ever show, signals just how far they’ve come since I first saw them at Ku Bar in Stockton in 2014! Every track an anthem, every lyric sung loud by the Sheffield crowd. This was a night I am absolutely sure the four lads from Bolton-Upon-Dearne will never forget. Time for the rest of the country to Wake Up now, to what’s going on up here.

Adam G

Photo Credit: TBC

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