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WPGM Reviews: PVRIS Live At O2 Institute Birmingham (In Pictures)

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PVRIS left a lasting impression on the people of Birmingham, as they gave an energetic, aesthetically pleasing and passionate set.

With tracks ranging from their debut album, White Noise, through to latest releases including the ethereal and gritty track, “GODDESS”, the people at the sold out show at Birmingham’s O2 Institute were in for a treat.

Ready to kick the evening off was Charlotte Sands, with her electric energy that continued throughout her set. From the very second she took to the stage with her band, there was an uproar of excitement as Birmingham let her know they were ready.

With her pop punk attitude and songs with loud, catchy choruses, there was no point throughout their set where she didn’t spark curiosity and left the crowd wanting more after every song.

Tracks including “Dress”, was just one where Charlotte Sands gave it everything she got. She also made an effort to interact with the audience as she made her way through the crowd of the sold out show. Charlotte Sands is one to watch out for this year.

Up next was Maggie Lindemann. With the release of her debut album, Suckerpunch, and performing tracks including “casualty of your dreams”, which excited the crowd to hear new music.

Amongst the foggy and moody atmosphere, the lighting and the mist had set, it was songs like “self sabotage” that got the crowd excited and cheering for Maggie as the beat dropped to produce a rockier tone to her set which she definitely embraced. She knews how to make use of every bit of the stage and give it her all.

After every song, she was met with a loud round of applause and screams. Her face lit up as she looked into the crowd to see the people who chose to watch her set.

“cages” was the song that brought her time on stage to an end. Back in the UK for Slam Dunk Festival and her own headline UK tour, fans will be able to catch Lindemann perform even more tracks off “Suckerpunch”.

With PVRIS’ long anticipated return to Birmingham finally becoming a reality, every single person in the room was ready for them to take the main stage and remind the band that they had been missed. As singer Lynn Gunn and bassist Bryan Macdonald took to the stage, they were greeted with cheers before they kicked the evening off with “Animal”.

The green lights on stage created a mysterious atmosphere and set a calming setting throughout the room. A mixture of older tracks too including “Mirrors”, where Lynn was armed with her guitar, allowed the band to switch things up a little, even so, the crowd were singing back every word with pure passion and excitement.

“You And I” was just one song in PVRIS’ discography that shows their versatility, which has continued throughout the band’s career.

The three song encore brought the unreleased song “Goddess”, where some fans had already learnt the lyrics to and were able to sing along with Lynn, one of the fan favourites, “My House” and “Hallucinations” is what rounded off an evening with PVRIS.

The wait for the band to step foot on British soil once again was definitely worth it and it won’t be long until they make their way back, for Slam Dunk 2023.

Words + photography by Sarah Akomanyi

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