Due to high ticket sales, the venue for the farewell tour of the Welsh five piece was upgraded from Gorilla to Manchester Academy 2. The bigger venue however, did not restrict the atmosphere. The energy was as close knit and intense as it would have been beforehand, totalling to the night being an unforgettable success.
Supporting act Save Your Breath established the mood for a fast paced highly energetic night of pop-punk fun. They warmed up the crowd by encouraging dancing, jumping and the odd mosh pit, prior to thanking the headliners for giving them the support opportunity. In response, they were greeted by loud screams and cheers with the volume levels rising upon asking the crowd if they were ready for Kids in Glass Houses.
KIGH’s last ever set list, consisting of twenty songs, clearly had a lot of thought put into it. It mixed both old favourites for the long term fans with new, and never failed to have the crowd singing along, even with the less popular tracks from album ‘In Gold Blood’. Their sound stayed electrically consistent through the night, with the crisp vocals and instruments never faltering, and sounding very much like a studio recording rather than a live show. Front man Aled Phillips even had the confidence to stay silent at points and hand the microphone over to the audience, trusting the mixed group of enthusiasts to fill in the lyrics.
It’s safe to say my highlight of the entire performance was the acoustic rendition of ‘Raise Hell’, before slow and emotional favourite ‘The Morning Afterlife’. I for one had goose bumps, and looking around to see the audience waving their arms, mobile phones and lighters in time, must have had the band members overwhelmed with them and sheer joy too.
Despite ending on a high note with the crowd pleasing ‘Matters at All’, the farewell was definitely an emotional one, leaving some fans with tears in their eyes and the rest with a bittersweet memory of the night. Fingers crossed for a comeback at some point in the future, but until then “Kids In Glass Houses have finally come home.” -Official Kids in Glass Houses Biography
By Rae Coppola