UK rock band You Me At Six took to the stage at UNSW Roundhouse on Saturday night for their first sold out show of their Australian tour to 2,200 excited fans. The last time the band was in Australia was in January, supporting Paramore on their sold out Australian Arena Tour with Twenty One Pilots.
First up was local Australian band, With Confidence, who warmed up the stage with original songs, as well as a cover of No Scrubs by TLC and Mr Brightside by The Killers before closing with an original song.
Next came Tonight Alive, who opened with The Edge, the lead song for The Amazing Spider Man 2. Lead singer Jenna McDougall reminded fans exactly one year earlier their sophomore album, The Other Side, was released before playing its lead single, Oceans. McDougall then said at this point of the show fans usually crowd surf to the front to hi-five her and since the venue set restrictions, McDougall came to the crowd. A few songs later, the band exited the stage leaving McDougall under a spotlight with her acoustic guitar. Before playing the next song she asked fans to “not capture, but be in the moment”. She then proceeded to tell the crowd how important this next song is to her. The song Amelia is about a friend of McDougall’s who passed away. Fans sang along to every word creating a touching and emotional moment in the set.
Four songs later, McDougall said how thankful the band were for their success and their fans, mentioning they are proud to be representing Australia internationally. She then asked the crowd to get behind local bands like With Confidence before playing their final song, Lonely Girl. The crowd broke out into wild screams and applause as the band left the stage.
Thirty minutes later, You Me At Six shot on to the stage with their song, Too Young to Feel This Old before playing hits like Underdog, Little Death and Cold Night. Throughout the set, frontman Josh Franceschi reiterated the bands love for Australia, Sydney in particular.
During the final song Reckless, Franceschi urged fans to pick up anything “t-shirts, posters, humans” and fling them around in the air, just after he had asked whoever came with a friend, to get on their back during Room To Breathe. Pushing their audience to the extreme they urged fans to surf the crowd, playing on the thrill of the music. The band left the stage for a brief five minutes before coming back on to play fan favourite and one of their most known songs, Bite My Tongue. Then came Fresh Start Fever, which sent fans into more of a frenzy before playing the final song of their set, and lead single of their latest album, Cavalier Youth, Lived a Lie.
Before they started playing, Franceschi thanked Soundwave Touring for continuing to bring them to Australia and urged fans to support local talent after thanking With Confidence and Tonight Alive. Fans roared the words to Lived A Lie, a song Franceschi said is “your anthem”.