Flogging Molly @ Academy 2
What a way to shake off those post-festival blues. The day after I come back from Bloodstock I was off out to see the Irish-American-folk-punk rockers, Flogging Molly. To be honest, I wasn’t 100% in the right headset to watch this show. Yet, once I was in the crowd and had some to time to relax I was ready to party like there was no tomorrow. Opening the show was the comedic and fun singer-songwriter Beans on Toast. This show was a little too familiar to me as I had seen both of these acts open for Frank Turner before. So I was fully aware of what was to come.
Beans On Toast
On came the comedic folk stylings of the amazingly talented Beans on Toast. Boasting his usual antics. He quickly won over the Manchester crowd with his amusing and politically tinged lyrics and anecdotes. His set is consistent with songs like Things, Fuck You Nashville and the tune with the greatest audience participation ever The Chicken Song, in which he gets the audience to make chicken noises and shines the light on the audience to check everyone is joining in. To say this was a fun set in an understatement. In one part of the set, he sings a song that he can’t record but was still fun to listen to. I won’t go into details but it mentions committing an illegal action against the Prime Minister of this country, risky to say the least. Beans On Toast once again delivers a fantastic set and as the folk singer continues to grow in popularity I can only hope that I get to see him again.
The party atmosphere hits the roof as Flogging Molly hits the stage. With the brilliant quote from Dave King: “Hi, we’re Flogging Molly and this is what we do”. Then the band burst straight into dancing and singing and it doesn’t let up for the whole show. The crowd was fantastic; opening up into jig pits and just genuinely clowning around. There was honestly so much activity that I felt like the floor of Academy 2 was genuinely going to break. Flogging Molly’s set consisted of old standards such as: The Likes of You Again, Swagger, Drunken Lullabies and Requiem For A Dying Song that really got the crowd going wild. It really is amazing when you consider the sheer level of talent on the stage when it comes to Flogging Molly, everything comes together really nicely and it seems completely flawless every time. I mean the whole band have such a great chemistry and they all look like their having the time of their lives while they’re performing.
It was definitely a fun atmosphere throughout the evening, and the noise level went through the roof with the announcement of a new album as the band hit into the new tune Guns of Jericho. I have to say I’m pretty excited for a new album too considering the last one was ‘Speed of Darkness’ in 2011, so bring it on! As the evening comes to a close we get a few more big tunes in the form of Revolution & What’s Left of the Flag and the energy never at a single time seemed to die down. When the band come back on for their encore they’re met with another roaring applause as they end on Salty Dog and also a tune that I feel leaves the crowd with brilliant parting words, If I Ever Leave This World Alive. There’s just something so pleasant about that song, it left me with a great feeling inside.
Flogging Molly is just one of those live bands that is impossible to hate. Their mixture of styles and sheer likability makes for a fun and vibrant gig. Next time they play your town go check them out.
Words: Mick Birchall | Photos: Cai Dixon