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On Friday night The Feeling concluded their Together We Were Made tour at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The nine date tour took them to Bournemouth, Bristol, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London.

I went to two of the shows, Nottingham (Rock City) and London, here’s what I thought.

For the first 7 dates of the tour electro-pop band, Bronze Medallists opened the show. Their set included debut single ‘Mathematics’ and the instantly catchy ‘Headspace (It’s Your Birthday)’ (seriously, you’ll be whistling it for weeks after!) which they dedicated to a member of the audience who’s birthday it was.

For the last two dates, Sinéad and The Dawnbreakers opened the show. Their 60’s Rockabilly style defies anybody not to dance. Having seen them a few times now, I must say they just get better and better and Shepherd’s Bush Empire gave them a very warm reception. They opened with ‘Can’t Please ‘Em All’  and got everyone clicking their fingers along to ‘What Would I Do?’ For me the highlight of the set was the upbeat, ‘Don’t Pretend’.

Danish songwriter Mads Langer also supported throughout the tour playing tracks from his debut album ‘Behold’. He opened with the delicate ‘The River Has Run Wild’ and got the audience joining in with the harmonies of ‘Fact-Fiction’ which was a wonderful moment.

The Feeling opened with a new tour video, featuring some of the band’s most loyal fans singing along to some of their biggest hits. It was fantastic to see the energy explode in the room on both nights as the drums of ‘Set My World On Fire’ sounded out.

The evening proceeded with fan favourites ‘Fill My Little World’ and ‘Never Be Lonely’ which as ever, got everyone clapping and singing along.

‘Say No’ sounded heartbreaking as ever (in a good way, if that makes sense!). It’s such a powerful song, and seeing it live sends shivers down my spine every time. ‘Another Soldier’ made great use of the screen, with a black and white image of front man, Dan looming over the audience on the screen.

The band then played a stripped down, piano version of ‘Rosé’ (to coincide with their new Abbey Road recorded version of the song for Burberry) but for the final chorus they blew the audience away with full-on guitars. This lead into the almighty ‘Helicopter’ from debut ‘Twelve Stops & Home’.

The band have been playing their duet, ‘Leave Me Out Of It’ during the tour, with a video of Sophie Ellis Bextor on the screen behind. But at Shepherd’s Bush there was a surprise appearance from the lady herself who sang from the balcony, joining the band on stage for the final chorus.

Possibly the highlight of the set for me was ‘Still You Want More’. They played the track from the second disc of their double album after a fan vote on their facebook page. It was nice to hear them play a slightly rarer song, and one that is a personal favourite of mine. It has been getting a massive cheer from the crowd throughout the tour and it was performed perfectly. I hope they continue to play songs from ‘The Bees’ in the future. This flowed brilliantly into their 2006 hit, ‘Sewn’.

They kept the energy high with latest single ‘A Hundred Sinners’, Paul Simon cover ‘You Can Call Me Al’ and Roisin Murphy duet ‘Dance For The Lights’ (sadly no appearance from Roisin though).  The set ended, as ever with ‘Love It When You Call’, which even got the balconies bouncing.

They gave us an encore of ‘I Thought It Was Over’, ‘Undeniable’ (during which, their old spiral graphic made a reappearance on-screen) and finished with Join With Us, before launching into a mental improv, throwing a space hopper into the audience and completely trashing the drum kit!

The Feeling were on top form for the tour and the production was slick. Next morning – sore feet, sore neck, ears ringing – the sign of a great night out!

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