Photo courtesy of Zain Zia Photography
After a forty minute wait, a one and a half hour bus ride and a 30 minute walk, I eventually arrived at the Academy 3 to watch The Portlands.
Before this night I had only heard a few songs and had never seen them live, I was relying my fiancé's opinion that "they will be good'"... Infact it turns out that The Portlands are awesome, and I say this in the truest sense of the word.
For me the gig was so good because the band were into it from the word go. They weren't posing with thier instuments, they were animated and enjoyed the music they played. This then spilled out into the audience and it wasnt long before people were claping and dancing along.
My favourite songs of the night were "Blue Sea Blues" "Amelia" and upcoming single "Every word I sing is a lie", but most of all I enjoyed "Stay With Me". It encapsulates everything that is great about this band; their ability to write catchy, energetic music that you can't stop listening to. What more could you want?!
You can hear The Portlands this Sunday on BBC radio Manchester at 10pm where they will be playing an acoustic session along with an interview, be sure to check it out.
The Portlands - Stay With Me