Review: Blossoms, O2 Institute, Birmingham

It's fair to say 2016 has been a big year for Stockport's finest Blossoms.

Their eponymous debut album rocketed to the top of the UK album chart following its release last month.

And the opening night of their 21-date bumper tour saw them sell out the main room of the O2 Institute in Birmingham weeks in advance.

Support came from 17-year-old Declan McKenna and the brilliantly-named Cabbage, who both appeared to impress the youthful crowd.

Cabbage chaotically smashed through tracks off their new EP Le Chou before McKenna set the tone for the headline act with the critically-acclaimed Brazil and latest release Isombard.

Next up, it was time for the eagerly anticipated Blossoms boys who rolled on stage to Kanye West's Black Skinhead. 

The indie five-piece kicked off with fan favourite At Most A Kiss, which sent the packed-out venue into a frenzy.

They worked their way through the likes of Cut Me and I'll Bleed as frontman Tom Ogden let the crowd sing much of Blow for him.

He swapped his Rickenbacker for an acoustic before melodically wooing those in front of him with the lovely Blown Rose.

It came to a close as Tom graced the stage on his own for the intimate My Favourite Room.

"Because you'reeee gorgeous! I'll do anything for you!"

The crowd belted out Babybird's one hit wonder as Ogden merged the final tune with You're Gorgeous and Oasis' Half the World Away.

The set was short-but-sweet from Blossoms who returned to the stage to bow out on a four-song encore featuring Texia and b-side Across the Moor.

And as expected they wrapped things up with big hit Charlemagne which unsurprisingly received the biggest reaction from the night. Quite rightly too; an absolute banger, to put it aptly. 

Just a month into their first record, Blossoms are fast becoming a huge hit on the British music front and you'd expect there's much more to come from the northern quintet. 

We'll be sure to keep our eyes firmly peeled. 

By Tom Oakley
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