7 March 2015
Reviewed by Catherine Dolan
The Script No Sound Without Silence concert is currently touring the UK and we were fortunate to have tickets to see them in Manchester’s Evening News Arena on Saturday 7 March 2015 and it was absolutely amazing!! – I have been to many concerts but can honestly say that this was by far the best one to date.
Not being a native of Manchester, we decided to park about half a mile from the venue as we were unsure what parking would be available nearer. There were plenty of ‘private arena parking’ areas which were all well signposted. Although we only had a half mile walk the signage to the actual venue was very poor, however, there were plenty of people walking towards it so there was no problem locating it. The venue itself was really big with plenty of franchises providing refreshments at reasonable prices. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to stop en-route to the concert for some cash and there were no cash machines available inside the venue (a point I will remember for future).
We had great seats, Block 115, Row K, seats 15 and 16 – a superb view located to the right of the stage. The staff were extremely helpful and polite. As I had to locate a cash machine outside of the venue, by the time we entered, we realised that we were at the opposite end of where I seats were. Not an issue in itself, however, my daughter who came with me is 9 months pregnant and the staff arranged a wheelchair and a member of staff to take us to where we should be – superb customer service!
As for the Script – what can I say? From the way they entered through the arena amongst a mass of green strobe lights, (clearly proud of their Irish heritage), singing Paint the Town Green to the use of a second central stage to allow fans further back to get a closer view, proved to me that they are a very humble group who really appreciate their fans and try to entertain them as best as possible. Danny also sang ‘You Won’t Feel a Thing’ whilst walking through part of the crowd after performing an acoustic version of The Man Who Can’t Be Moved in the centre of the arena. They sang new songs but also performed most of their original tracks. To call a random ex-boyfriend from a member of the crowd’s mobile and sing ‘Nothing’ to him (one of the highlights for me), demonstrated their enthusiasm to integrate with the crowd. The whole group had so much passion and they were all keen to connect with the audience. Their energy was amazing and they certainly know how to entertain. Danny’s voice is superb as is the guitar playing by Mark Sheenan and the amazing drumming abilities of Glen Power altogether make a fantastic singing/songwriting band with natural talent.
The lighting and lasers were amazing and the guys put so much effort and energy into their performance. They are fantastic at interacting with the audience that it would be impossible not to enjoy their show! To end the show by asking the audience to turn on the flashlights of their phones to create the effect of stars and then sing ‘Hall of Fame’ was simply awesome.
One of my guilty pleasures is to collect programmes from any concert that I attend and keep to look over in my old age. Of course, I bought their amazing programme (slightly more expensive than others but with loads of pictures and information) but left it in the arena!! Really gutted, but I will just have to go and see them live again!! I would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone to attend a live performance of The Script.
An amazing live performance!
09 Mar 2015: Bournemouth Int’nl Centre, Bournemouth
10 Mar 2015: Brighton Centre, Brighton
13 Mar 2015: The O2 Arena, London
14 Mar 2015: The O2 Arena, London
02 July 2015: Forest Live, Suffolk