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Black Honey @ Gorilla review – indie rock music at its peak

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Featured image and gallery: Ben Redshaw


Sensational indie rock band Black Honey smashed into Manchester this week, selling out the legendary music venue Gorilla. The band made a statement with their performance as their tour UK in support of their new album, A Fistful of Peaches, came to town.

The Howlers, an indie rock band from London, opened the night. They started the performance as soon as they entered the stage. Setting the mood for the evening by starting with ‘The Boy I Was Before’, ‘Further Down The Line,’ and ‘When The Flowers Bloomed Again’. They were truly outstanding.

Late into the set, frontman Jordan Gatesmith introduced the band, saying: “I forgot to introduce us, we’re The Howlers. We’re from London, but don’t worry, we’re not Tories.”

They finished their act with ‘El Dorado’, one of their more well-known tunes. Following their support of Black Honey, this thrilling band will tour the UK in promotion of their new album, Further Down The Line. They will travel to places like London, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Blackpool, and Reading, among others.

The venue was completely crowded as fans awaited the arrival of Black Honey, who took the stage shortly after The Howlers. The crowd erupted in excitement as front woman and bass guitarist, Lizzie Baxter, entered the stage.

As if they even needed an introduction, Black Honey launched into ‘Charlie Bronson,’ ‘All My Pride,’ and ‘Tombstone.’ The crowd was incredibly energised by all these timeless indie rock songs. Mosh pits developed as the Manchester crowd demonstrated its rockabilly prowess.

During  ‘Spinning Wheel’, Baxter paused briefly and addressed the enthusiastic crowd, asking them to “Open it up again please.” A mosh pit began to form in the middle of Gorilla,, and with a loud scream, the mosh pit went crazy.

As Black Honey began to perform ‘Run for Cover’, Lizzie Baxter wanted to be a part of the enthusiastic and hyped-up audience she had been observing so she jumped into the crowd and started to surf over her fans. This was a night to remember, as her devoted followers got to watch Black Honey in all their glory.

The band finished with the song ‘Corrine’ and gave the crowd one final opportunity to sing along, capping off one of the most raucous performances Manchester has ever seen. 

Make sure to catch Black Honey before the end of their tour – this is a night not to be missed. They’re playing inLiverpool, Glasgow and Stoke before wrapping up in London.


Gallery: The Howlers support Black Honey at Gorilla


Gallery: Black Honey perform at Gorilla


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