You Me At Six plus Anteros for Brit Week 2019 and War Child @ Scala, London

You Me At Six and Anteros are playing an important show for Brit Week 2019 tonight in aid of War Child. War Child is a brilliant charity raising money for children affected by war. Tonight’s gig is in support of Agnes, a girl who was kidnapped into an armed group by rebels and forced to take another child’s life. She has terrible nightmares about what happened but with the support of War Child she is now able to attend a special school and dreams of becoming a nurse and helping others. Last year the Brit Week music events raised £650,000 for this vital charity which is changing the lives of so many children. O2 have also been incredibly generous helping to fund the shows allowing more money to be raised by the charity, which is pretty awesome of them!

Alternative band Anteros take to the stage, lead singer Laura Hayden is taking us back to the 90s with a Courtney Love style and alternative rock feel to the music. Their cover of ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ has an intriguing grungy twist to it with crunchy bass and static-laced vocals. Overall it’s a strong and interesting set and definitely a band worth exploring further.

You Me At Six take to Scala’s stage, in front of a room much smaller than they are used to. They start with ‘Fast Forward’ the whole band erupting with energy. Going straight into old favourite ‘Live A Lie’ their stage space might be small but they know how to use it well. Next up is ‘Reckless’ from 2011 album Sinners never sleep, another old one, where they mixed the ending of the song with ‘Best Of You’ by Foo Fighters. Josh Franceschi sings every song so passionately. ‘Lover Boy’ is playful with the crowd singing the bass line back to the band whilst bouncing around like mad. Things are colourful for next song ‘Back Again’ with more of an alternative pop feel but it’s catchy and you can’t help but dance along to it. ‘Night People’ is hard hitting and ricocheting between calm and heavy. ‘Give’ is beautifully hypnotic the guitar particularly captivating. Josh addresses the crowd saying ‘Tonight is about doing something for someone else’ before playing a stripped back version of ‘Take The World’. It is stunning and moving sung with a sense of vulnerability and serenity. Things get heavy again for ‘Bite my tongue’ showcasing how versatile Josh’s vocals are.

The night, which has been for such an important cause, concludes with an encore of ‘Room To Breathe’, ‘No One Does It Better’, ‘Straight To My Head’ and ‘underdog’ to which Josh crowd surfs, ending the set after announcing You Me At Six are releasing brand new music this year.

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