Next up, the only artist I was 100% familiar with prior to coming to this show. I saw Matty last year in Manchester and I became a fan of him there and then. This time around he had his full band with him and I had a better knowledge of his songs. It’s fair to say that he got a really great reaction from the crowd. He really drew the Manchester audience in and got them singing along. It all sounded really great. The guitars were well played and the bass just made the music sound absolutely massive. It also helps that Matty’s voice is so distinctive and booming. There’s just so much personality in this music. The rocked up version of these countryfied songs sounded great, it almost became a punk rock set. Everywhere I looked I saw people rocking out and having a good time. So I think Matty did his job in getting more of the crowd in and enjoying themselves.
Review posted on Mick Birchall Reviews. Written by Mick Birchall.
All the way from Northern Ireland was Matty James Cassidy and his band. With punk and rock ‘n’ roll influences, he has created wonderful songs that fluctuate between the heavy and in-your-face to laid back, folky melodies. With an evident passion for music from a young age, his set was energetic and backed by an equally brilliant band – adding to the power and atmosphere that flooded from the stage. Again, there was a large following that banded together at the front, chanting along to each and every chorus. I thoroughly enjoyed them and hope to see them again very soon!
Review posted on All Growed Up. Written by Orla Joyce.