Birmingham felt different on this night, surely knowing it would be the last time FFAF were in it had effected the very air entirely.
If you haven’t seen ZOAX live yet then you have clearly been ignoring all our previous messages suggesting you do so, and with the backing of a Funeral for a Friend support slot they grabbed opening the ‘Last Chance to Dance’ tour with both hands. Musically ZOAX are somewhat undefinable, they have both heavy moments and soft moments, and then moments of sheer madness! But what you can define is their pure devotion and energy, ZOAX are set to be game changers and proved on this night that they can move to bigger stages and not lose any of that performance intimacy and inviting goodness.
Coming on to no fanfare, no bells, no whistles, Funeral For A Friend take to the Birmingham stage for the last time as though they hadn’t left the stage from the previous nights show, despite selling out both nights there was something humble about how Funeral approached the evenings set. There isn’t a whole lot of point breaking down the set to be done here, they played ‘Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation’ in full, and it was Fucking Phenomenal. Funeral for a Friend haven’t lost ‘it’ over the years, and their final sold-out hurrah is clearly not caused by dwindling popularity, but potentially due to the fact that the music industry in the UK is changing and not for the better. Funeral are gone, and they went in the perfect way, with the same spectacular and explosive album that gave them that initial flash-bang in the first place.
Although the night officially and most definitely belonged to Funeral for a Friend, the sheer brilliance of the support acts meant that this wasn’t just a gig, but more a show, an event celebrating the end of a truly brilliant band. And out they went with style, resonance and a subtle finesse.Thank you Funeral for a Friend for the last fifteen years, you will be dearly missed.