Brighton four piece Black Honey hit Manchester on their latest tour with an unsurprisingly explosive show to a raucous Academy 2 crowd. A show packed with hits and new bangers that Dani was there to cover.
Manchester Academy had packed out that weekend. With Fontaines D.C. next door on their third consecutive gig, you wouldn’t have thought there would be enough love to share but this wasn’t the case for Brighton band, Black Honey as they received the warmest of welcomes at Academy 2. Even though they came on 15 minutes after scheduled, it was clear how eager the fans were ready to see them but it was 100% worth the wait as they kicked into the new anthemic “I Like The Way You Die” which got the crowd fired up with fists in the air from the first heavy bass riffs and concrete drumbeats.
The setlist itself was mostly songs from the new Written & Directed album, such as Beaches, Believer and the wild Run For Cover, peppered with hits from their self-titled debut album. It flowed brilliantly, keeping the audience entranced. The old hits received a brilliant reaction as vocalist/guitarist Izzy Baxter Phillips didn’t even need to sing some of the choruses for gems like Corrine, Madonna and I Only Hurt The Ones I love.
Izzy was met with adoration as she politely asked the boys to step aside and let the women of the audience come to the front and encourage a safe space, highlighting its importance. That gesture in itself made me feel reassured about any safety concerns as it was being acknowledged and Izzy deserves further praise for that. If anything it made the uplifting Fire even more iconic and inspiring before she jumped in and crowd surfed across the mosh pit.
With their latest album reaching an incredible No. 7 in the charts despite a pandemic putting a halt on live music, Black Honey certainly came back fighting with an energetic set and they even brought cake for everyone!