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Wallows @ Manchester Academy review – 90s inspired indie-rock fitting for a bigger venue

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Featured image and gallery: Georgina Hurdsfield

Californian trio Wallows brought 90s inspired indie-rock to Manchester Academy on Wednesday night. The 2,600 capacity venue was packed as fans eagerly awaited the arrival of Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters, and Cole Preston.

With their latest release ‘Tell Me That It’s Over’ rising to success last year and bringing them to further popularity, securing a main-stage slot at their first ever UK festival appearance at Reading and Leeds, it’s no surprise the gig had drawn in an excited sold-out crowd.

Opening with hit ‘I Don’t Want to Talk’, with its bouncing nervous energy and feelings of nostalgia, Wallows received a very warm welcome. Moving on to ‘Remember When’ and ‘These Days’, Wallows played a welcomed range of tracks from their ever-growing discography.

Fan-favourites seemed to be ‘Quarterback’ with Cole Preston taking the lead on vocals and Dylan swapping to the drums, our personal highlight ‘Only Friend’ and hit track ‘Are You Bored Yet?’

‘Guitar Romantic Search Adventure’ brings a heartbreaking sing-a-long out of the fans which would’ve been fit for a bigger venue. The fans of Wallows are clearly dedicated to these undeniably cool wallflowers who are continuing to bloom.

We look forward to seeing Wallows again, perhaps headlining O2 Victoria Warehouse 3,500 cap venue. However, we would also love to see them headline Manchester’s historic Albert Hall which would be an intimate and atmospheric venue to see the latest songs live in.

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Georgina Hurdsfield

Masters student in Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University. Keen photographer and music enthusiast.

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