Walking up to HMV and seeing fans wrapped in duvets sitting outside the store on Buchanan Street, it was
clear to see that this was a highly anticipated appearance for You Me At Six in Glasgow.
As the band embark on their UK tour this weekend with the only Scottish date in Aberdeen, it seems fans were making the most of this opportunity to see and even meet the band.
Dedicated fans had camped out over-night in the rain, hail and storms and as 5pm approached the red-nosed and shivering fans were brought into the warmth of the store to see their idols.
The over-enthusiastic crowd packed into the second floor of the HMV store, screaming before the band had even appeared. As You Me At Six walked towards the stage the deafening screams over-powered any other sound in the building, so much so that people who were still queuing outside to meet the band were all looking at the building to see what the fuss was about.
It’s safe to say that this was a crowd full of dedicated You Me At Six fans, as despite the album only being released 3 days prior to the event, it seemed every single person in the crowd was jumping and singing along to the new tracks word-for-word.
A sea of cameras filled the air every time front man Josh Franceschi took to the microphone, and when he called Glasgow his ‘favourite city in the whole world’ explaining that Glasgow is the only place where the crowd would jump up and down during songs at an in store, the crowd were just encouraged even more.
The band played a mix of new songs from their new release ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ including ‘Loverboy’, ‘Jaws On The Floor’ and ‘Little Death’ and also powered on through their set with old favourites such as ‘Liquid Confidence’, ‘Stay With Me’, before ending their set on crowd favourite ‘Underdog’.
Josh Franceschi’s vocals were exactly as on any recorded material from the band – strong and consistent, which he maintained throughout the entire set. The band played the in store as if they were playing a much larger-scaled gig and it was easy to forget you were standing amongst a pile of CD’s and books watching them perform.
During older tracks, the floor was literally shaking as the crowd jumped in unison singing and screaming along. The fans didn’t need the band’s encouragement to get involved from the first chord played and each member made sure they appreciated the whole audience, interacting at every possibly opportunity to ensure everyone felt involved.
From the performance alone, it was clear just how proud their fans were for the band’s chart achievements this week and from the beaming smiles projected from every band member’s face; it seems this feeling was mutual.
If the performance and the thought of meeting the band up close and personal after the performance wasn’t enough excitement for the fans,Josh Franceschi announced that the band will be returning to Glasgow during their March headline UK tour at the SECC. If you hadn’t realised how appreciated the band were before this announcement the deafening screams and immediate excitement, left you with absolutely no doubt as not a single face was without a smile.
It appears the long wait outside was very much worthwhile – fans crying and screaming after meeting their idols, running around the store on the phone to their friends telling them every single detail just confirmed this fact.
The band promised that they would meet every single fan who had queued outside and despite it meaning a gruelling 3 hour signing session – they kept their promises.
Stay tuned to the site for more material from the signing coming up very shortly!