Amidst the flooding in Derry city last night, Dublin-based band The Script fairly brought the rain.
The three-piece are currently touring the UK and Ireland to promote their fifth studio album, ‘Freedom Child,’ set for release next week, and their second gig was in none other than the Millennium Forum. Danny, Mark and Glenn are no strangers to the city, after playing here as part of Radio One’s Big Weekend in 2013, so for the chance to come back and play to a much more intimate audience was incredible, no wonder the tickets sold out within minutes.
After exceptional support from up-and-coming-artist JP Cooper, the crowd screamed to life when the lights went down and the band ran out to brand new song, ‘Rock The World.’ But the party really got started when they burst into 2014 single ‘Superheroes.’
The lads showcased some more new material, such as the reggae-style ‘No Man Is An Island‘ and band favourite ‘Arms Open.’ These new tracks proved that The Script haven’t came back after three years and planned to release the same-sounding material and expect their fans to eat it up. But I’m sure the premiere of their latest single, ‘Rain,’ has proved that.
The crowd went mad at golden oldies such as ‘For The First Time‘ and ‘Science and Faith,’ as well as the whole hall singing the lyrics of ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved‘ back to the band, who were overcome with emotion from the unexpected karaoke and the post-song applause that seemed unending.
Other defining moments include the beautifully sang ‘Never Seen Anything “Quite Like You,”‘ the song that the fans chose through Twitter, as well as when Danny jumped off stage to circle the balconies whilst trying to belt out the lyrics from ‘The Energy Never Dies,’ despite being pulled apart by the crowd eager to be able to boast that they had touched him.
After an emotional ‘Breakeven‘ performance, the lights went out and the audience burst into football chants of ‘Ole, Ole, Ole Ole‘ for the encore. ‘No Sound Without Silence‘ single, ‘No Good In Goodbye,’ which they’ve previously played on The X Factor live stage, was the next favourite. ‘Rain‘ followed, aptly named for the weather that traumatised the streets outside, before they bowed out with their number one hit with Black Eyed Peas and former fellow The Voice Coach will.i.am, ‘Hall of Fame.’
With the atmosphere in the forum, as well as the band’s persistence to always put on a good show, I’m very excited to see what ‘Freedom Child‘ has to offer, as the boys step into their next chapter in their careers.