Carefully and confidently the band have made a march on Manchesters Iconic Apollo theatre selling out 3 months in advance.

As I ventured into Manchester Apollo tonight, it is just a little over 4 years, since I first had the pleasure of seeing The Slow Readers perform, over at Manchester’s Night & Day Café.

For me it was clear from that initial gig, there was something special about this band….

Having carefully watched the band, slowly yet confidently plot a pathway that has led us here tonight, each tour adding more venues, collecting fans on every stop, a fanbase that are willing to travel and add their valued support, to a band that are coming of age.

To have taken the step and actually book the Apollo and 3 months before the gig completely sell it out speaks volumes, as to how far they have travelled, add to these 3 solid albums, radio airplay, festival headliners, for those that have been on this journey, tonight’s gig is a significant milestone.

Both tonight’s support, have been making waves, first up are Lines, begin with “On and on”, a new track for them, a confident start from a band that love to play live. Delving into their excellent first album “Stop/Start”. Sees the crowd firmly taking them to their hearts, 2019 looks like its going to be a good year with the band securing a supporting role on the “Sleaford Mods” 32 date tour.

Next up was another all-female band “Pins” show casing a different line up from the last time I saw them, again hailing from Manchester. The band chose to play all new music for tonight’s offering, as with the previous act Pins are tipped for big things over the coming months, judging by tonight’s performance, they are already well on the way.

Finally, its what 3500 people had been waiting for, there’s a real buzz about the venue as there has been all evening, as the lights drop and the classic Donna Summer Hit “I feel Love “emanates around the Apollo, one by one the band assemble on stage, to a rapturous welcome, Straight into “Lunatic”. The band draw on all three albums tonight, with a stellar set list.

The set is cleverly crafted, its like the shackles have been taken off, a confidence that has grown with the band, for those that have been privileged to watch the band grow from their early days, this is exactly where they should be. All those years writing, rehearsing and performing, has at last paid off, yet again another performance delivered impeccably, adored and accepted by the army of Readers fans. Tonight, was the start of the next chapter.

Set list:
Fool for Your Philosophy
Never Said I Was the Only One
Start Again
Through the Shadows
Lives Never Known
One More Minute
You Opened Up My Heart
Plant the Seed
Lost Boys
Not Afraid of The Dark
Block Out the Sun
Feet on Fire
Forever in Your Debt
Lost in Your Gaze
I Saw a Ghost
On The TV

Next year sees the band take their biggest and boldest step to date, on the back of sell out gigs and their latest album “Build a Tower”, entering in at Number 18, they have decided to give up the day jobs they have juggled over the last few years and become full time musicians, Brave, Bold but a natural step, one I am confident they will fullfill.
One thing for sure with the loyal army of supporters they will be off to a good start, with a massive tour announced for March/April they have not sat back.

2019 Tour Dates:

January 18 – Groningen Eurosonic Noorderslag
March 2 – Kendal Brewery Arts Centre
March 3- Carlisle Brickyard
March 4 – Inverness Ironworks
March 5 – Aberdeen The Tunnels
March 7 – Dundee Beat Generator
March 8 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
March 9 – Sunderland Independent
March 10 – York Fibbers
March 12 – Hull Welly
March 13 – Wakefield Warehouse 23
March 14 – Blackpool Bootleg Social
March 15 – Liverpool Arts Club
March 16 – Sheffield Leadmill
March 18 – Stoke-On-Trent Sugarmill
March 19 – Wrexham The Live Rooms
March 20 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
March 21 – Derby the Venue
March 23 – Leicester The Shed
March 24 – Gloucester Guildhall
March 25 – Swansea Sin City
March 26 – Bristol The Fleece
March 28 – Truro The Old Bakery
March 29 – Exeter Phoenix
March 30 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
March 31 – Reading Sub 89
April 1 – Oxford O2 Academy 2
April 3 – St Albans The Horn
April 4 – Bedford Esquires
April 5 – Norwich Open
April 6 – Southend Chinnerys
April 8 – Royal Tunbridge Wells Forum
April 9 – Brighton The Haunt
May 26 – Warrington Neighbourhood Weekender
July 12 – Madrid Mad Cool Festival