Thursday evening saw Palace take on the O2 Academy Leeds in support of Public Service Broadcasting’s tour. Describing themselves as an alternative blues/rock band hailing from London that combines laid back guitars with brooding vocals, it wasn’t an obvious choice to support Public Service Broadcasting, a genre defying group, with the key characteristic being their sampling of old public information films and archive material. Despite this they certainly held their own when opening the show. Succeeding the release of their first EP in 2014, Palace have spent the past three years steadily releasing new tracks and building up a firm cult following.
I watched Lorde kick off the proceedings of her Melodrama world tour at the O2 Apollo Manchester. The string of concerts would be her first time touring in the UK since her 2013 mega-hit ‘Royals’, a song that at just seventeen earned her the title of the youngest artist to have achieved a number-one single since 1987. Now, aged twenty, she is sharing her second EP. I was excited to see how the slightly matured Lorde entertained the crowd; it is safe to say that I was not disappointed.