Fletcher @ O2 Victoria Warehouse review – the ultimate pop star of the new generation brings proud queer-pop to Manchester 

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Featured image and gallery: Gracie Hall

FLETCHER graces the stage of the O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester for the second night of her UK tour. Off the recent back of her second album In Search Of The Antidote, it’s exciting to see this 3,500-capacity venue packed from corner to corner, her cult-like following of fans buzzing for the opportunity to hear her new songs live.

She opens the set in the same way she begins her new album, with ‘Maybe I Am’, the high energy of which is both mirrored  in the crowd and by FLETCHER herself. The track shows a likeable vulnerability to the New Jersey singer-songwriter, especially performed live. From the get-go, the proud queer icon sets the tone of her show, encouraging fans to be their authentic selves and leave any judgement at the door, which is met with applause and adoration. 

With two albums and three EPs under her belt, FLETCHER isn’t short of choice for pop ballads to perform. ‘Attached To You’ makes it clear that the new album is a hit with the audience as they scream along to every lyric loud and clear, and fans are also treated to ‘Sting’, off debut album Girl of My Dreams

The bangers keep coming thick and fast as performances of fan favourites continue, including ‘Pretending’, ‘Bitter’ and ‘Undrunk’. FLETCHER brings rockstar vibes to her performance, seamlessly interacting with the crowd in a personal and intimate way that makes Victoria Warehouse feel far smaller than it is.

From high energy and note-perfect delivery, to showcasing her eclectic discography and her music’s honest vulnerability that resonates with so many fans, it seems obvious that FLETCHER is the ultimate pop star of the new generation. 

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