You Me At Six at Nick Rayns LCR Norwich, 10th February 2024

You Me At Six kicked for their short tour celebrating 10 years of Cavalier Youth. This comes hot on the heels of the announcement that they are calling it a day after 20 years. It’s no surprise that tonight has a party atmosphere.

Just after 8:15, the lights dim and Lionel Richie’s All Night Long is played on the speakers. It seems an odd track to begin with but somehow it seems to work, and the audience are singing along. As the band members appear on stage one by one, they are greeted by huge cheers. Then we are straight into Room To Breathe.

Josh asks who is seeing You Me At six for the first time? A few hands are raised around the room. Josh jokes that they have arrived a little too late, to which everyone laughs.
Early on we are treated to a number of stripped down versions including Be Who You Are and Stay With Me. Take on World sees the lights dimmed and the whole room illuminated by mobile phone lights.
Just before the end of the set Josh announces that it’s the crowd surfing time. The audience don’t need asking twice, accompanied by Save It For the Bedroom punters can be seen spilling over the barricade like a tsunami.

There’s a short break before the band are back on stage for a three song encore. Deep Cuts kicks them off which is then followed by Underdog. Beautiful Way brings the evening to a dramatic conclusion.
Without doubt this is one of the best shows I’ve seen at the UEA for a while. The band are at the top of their game and enjoying what they do. If you are not able to catch them on this short tour then you really must for their final tour next year which promises to be something very special.

Set List
Room to Breathe
Fresh Start Fever
Kiss and Tell
Too Young to Feel This Old
Lived a Lie
Cold Night
Mixed Emotions (I Didn’t Know How to Tell You What I Was Going Through)
Be Who You Are
Stay With Me
Take on the World
Bite My Tongue
No Future? Yeah Right
The Swarm
Fast Forward
Save It for the Bedroom

Deep Cuts
Beautiful Way

Words and pix by Mark Stimpson


Philip Goddard

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