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Image: Fontaines DC by Daniel Topete

NME’s Best Band in the World are in town with their post-punk offerings. Their sound spanning the generations tonight, from the young moshers down the front to the older connoisseurs.

Support Wunderhorse are an Americana-infused rock band, fronted by Jacob Slater, former frontman of Dead Pretties. It’s early days for the band, having just released their debut album, but already they are gaining momentum thanks, in part, to Fontaines DC.

Fontaines DC have their name up in lights, literally, against a rose trellis style backdrop. The set is carefully crafted, alternating fast with slow. Effortlessly combining and mixing songs from albums one, two and three. A mosh pit forms near the front, as frontman Grian Chatten whips the crowd into a frenzy, perched atop the monitors, arms urging them on. The lyrics of the songs are repetitive, but the audience lap it up. It quickly hooks you in. Their main set ends with new favourite Jackie Down The Line, all around mouths singing. Older hit Boys In The Better Land finally gets an outing in the encore, before ending with the more recent I Love You. Falling red confetti rains down from above, each piece written with those three words “I Love You”. It’s clear that this is reciprocal.

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