Liverpool is no stranger to the Stockport quintet Blossoms, having played in the iconic city a number of times. Their Liverpool Olympia gig for the NME Awards Tour was always going to be a complete sell-out, and that was apparent from the moment the tour was announced.
Supports consisted of the eccentric but incredibly awesome Cabbage (who are supporting The Courteeners at Old Trafford this May, alongside the Blossoms boys and The Charlatans) and fellow rock and roll Stockport musician Rory Wynne. Cabbage, who are nothing short of a rowdy lot, really got the crowd going, and Rory Wynne provided pure, confident rock and roll energy which really geared the crowd up for Blossoms’ headline show.
The band opened their set with the usual Kanye West ‘Black Skinhead’, which inevitably had the crowd going absolutely mental, and this was helped by the bright lights and flashing strobes. Having caught Blossoms live a fair few times in the past, every time their stage presence becomes a lot more natural. They are able to engage with the crowd in ways that most artists wouldn’t be able to, by involving the crowd in songs such as ‘My Favourite Room’, which saw the whole of the Liverpool Olympia belting out the heartfelt lyrics whilst lead singer, Tom Ogden, projected his microphone to the crowd and let them do the rest.
Whilst also playing their own music, the band are known to throw in several covers, usually Oasis’ ‘Half The World Away’ and Babybird’s ‘You’re Gorgeous’. Tom decided to replace ‘You’re Gorgeous’ with an emotional cover of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, which ideally fit the Liverpool gig. He then responded to the crowd that performing at the venue was very humbling to both him and the band.
As expected, Blossoms completely brought the roof down and left fans roaring for more. The Liverpool leg of The NME Awards Tour was nothing short as fantastic.