Mon. Jul 4th, 2022

A laughing, red-lipped mouth, projected on a black curtain. A thick Doncaster accent. A roar of ‘make some fucking noise’ beeped over the tannoy.

And then the curtain falls and a red blur flies across the stage, almost cartoon-like. This is Yungblud, a musician with a bottomless pit of energy reserves and a fierce successor to fans who call themselves the Black Hearts Club (or Black ‘arts Club, in his accent).

Dressed in a red jumpsuit, tied around his waist, he bursts through the Strawberry Lipstick before standing, arms closed behind his back and manically laughing at his followers.

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He was full of prayers when he headlined Manchester Pride, but his concert at the O2 Victoria Warehouse is a whole new level of liveliness.

There are moments when the mosh pit grows so large that it spans the entire venue, pushing people into the very corners of the floor before collapsing again.

It’s a concert that needs a Seaworld-style Splash Zone, so often he takes a bottle of bottled water before throwing the rest over the crowd.

Yungblud is a rising punk star, and he encourages all the moshing, thrashing and jumping that comes with a punk rock concert.

As he orchestrates his audience, he shouts, “If you want to get in the pit, get in the middle, if you do not, get out of the way because you may die.”

But he is also considerate and chases that feeling with, “Take care of each other out there, we’re a family. If someone goes down, you pick them right up again.”

The 24-year-old certainly considers his 3,500-strong audience as his family and emphasizes how much he loves every single adoring fan before him.

His passionate speeches about equality and identity and acceptance were not put on for the sake of pride – these are the core values ​​of the Yungblud company, and he is eager to remind his audience that this is a safe – if hassle – space.

It’s a message that is most evident in songs like Love Song, Loner and Parents.

The ska -like undercurrents of I Love You, Will You Marry Me – a song written about the north of England – see Yungblud turn on the light on the audience as he continues to leap back and forth across the stage like an animal in a cage.

With this great power, I have no doubt that he could dominate a stadium-style stage, run Etihad laps without stopping breathing, and suspect that we will see him stretch his legs at far larger venues within the next couple of years.

Yungblud is shaping up to be a very loud, powerful voice for the next generation of adults.

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