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Spacey Jane @ O2 Ritz review – Aussie rockstars bring feel-good festival vibes to Manchester  

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Australian indie rock outfit Spacey Jane made a glorious return to Manchester off the back of their successful 2022 sophomore album, Here Comes Everybody – and it seemed every person sporting a mullet in the city had come down to watch the show. 

‘Lunchtime’ opened the gig and right from the get-go it’s obvious, even to the newest of Spacey Jane fans, that they’re a group who care very deeply for their craft.

Lead-singer Caleb Harper expressed their collective gratitude to be back in Manchester, comparing the difference between the last time they were in the city playing to a crowd of 400 versus tonight’s completely sold-out O2 Ritz.

Harper’s thanks were met with huge whoops and cheers before they launched into next hit, ‘Skin’.

Their set was filled with fast-paced bangers, combining much older tracks like 2017’s ‘Thrills’ with the more recent ‘Lots of Nothing’.

The bass was so loud it vibrated right through your bones. A quintessential indie gig full of rowdy lads in bucket hats, the crowd echoed the infectious energy beamed from the stage courtesy of guitarist Ashton Hardman-Le Cornu – who spent the better half of the set flinging himself about the stage in true rockstar fashion.

Spacey Jane have the stage presence of a group that have been going for decades and they know exactly how to keep their audience happy.

With their discography chockablock full of summer-ready feel good tunes, the beautiful O2 Ritz even feels too small at times. They’re a band meant for festival stages and huge outdoor spaces in summer evenings, it becomes easy to forget that we’re still deep in a relatively cold classic English winter.

They rounded off an impeccable set with ‘Hardlight’ and ‘Booster Seat’. With pints flying and the mosh pits non-stop, it’s almost as if they were just getting started rather than closing in on a bustling Wednesday evening of fun in one of Manchester’s finest venues. 

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