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It’s fair to say that I’ve been a fan of Editors from afar for a long time. Whereas I’d always loved the bangers like Munich and Papillion, it wasn’t until the release of their sixth album Violence this March that I really started to pay attention, and I’ve had their full discography on repeat ever since.

Opening the night was Cork outfit Talos and their range eerie soaring soundscapes packed full of experimental loops, dazzling synths and gorgeous vocals. A perfect support act that everyone seemed to enjoy, I hope these guys pop back soon for their own headline show.

Soon enough, Editors took to the stage with frontman Tom Smith sauntering on to cheers of delight. As soon as the keys for The Boxer began and the jingles filled the room, I was instantly hooked. Smith’s powerful, almost operatic vocals boomed and you could be mistaken for thinking you were listening to a live recording.

Papillon and Magazine sounded incredible with electro-charged instrumentals complete with explosive percussion and vigorous riffs, whereas the delicacy in Ocean of Night exposed Smith’s vocal range and intricate keys that intertwined soothing synths.
Closing on the anthemic Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors followed by the lively Munich, the indie rock outfit proved that they still have it after all of these years and fully deserved the crowd reaction they got.

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