Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

What a couple of weeks it’s been for The Lathums.

Just 15 days after the Wigan quartet’s debut album beat Drake from the top of the charts, they played their biggest headline show to date – at a sold-out Victoria Warehouse.

It has been a meteoric rise for the band, which only formed in early 2019, after attending TMP College in Pemberton.

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The band’s relative childhood made the concert on Saturday night (October 16) even more impressive.

Fellow Wiganers The Stanleys and Scottish singer-songwriter Rianne Downey warmed up the crowd before The Lathums triumphantly took the stage.

Their walk-on song – ‘Caravan of Love by The Housemartins’ – helped to create a happy atmosphere in the room before the place started jumping to the opening of’ Fight On ”.

Libertines-inspired ‘I Won’t Lie’ followed before frontman Alex Moore screamed ‘Manchester!’ with those present.

The band was ‘fit and supported for a special Manchester occasion’ in Alex’s words, and The Smiths-like guitars on ‘Oh My Love’ made it an early highlight of the set.

The Lathums perform on Neighborhood Weekender
The Lathums perform on Neighborhood Weekender

Alex’s amazing vocals are without a doubt one of the most impressive things about The Lathums, but the whole band is really tight, and especially Scott Conception proved to be an incredibly talented young guitarist.

Predictably, a large number of those present were from Wigan, and singing with the city’s name led Alex to happily refer to Wigan Athletics’ derby victory over Bolton Wanderers earlier in the day (which this particular Bolton-supporting reviewer was less than thrilled about).

‘Great Escape’ followed and is a song that is already easy to imagine as a festival anthem.

Early song ‘This Place O’ Yours’ shut out the first episode of the set and really showcased Alex’s beautiful singing voice.

The other band members then left the stage and let Alex perform three songs acoustically.

He described the album title track ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’ as a very special song for him, after writing it with his mother during the lockdown.

Alex then invited the crowd to put the lights on their phones for ‘I’ll Never Forget The Time I Spent With You’, before ending the short acoustic interlude with giant singalong to another early favorite in ‘All My Life’.

The audience was in the palm of their hand under this section, and the white lights leaping out of disco balls provided a fascinating spectacle.

When they returned to the stage as a full band, they played ‘Circles of Faith’ and then the unreleased but very catchy ‘Sad Face Baby’, which will definitely be a favorite.

The white lights bouncing off the disco balls created a fascinating spectacle
The white lights bouncing off the disco balls created a fascinating spectacle

‘I See Your Ghost’ closed the headset with almost every single person in the crowd dancing to the song’s infectious scathing sound.

After a few minutes, Alex returned to the stage to thank those who saw ‘very much’, before playing a beautiful album closer to ‘The Redemption Of Sonic Beauty’.

Gold confetti was then blown from cannons before the band ended with the anthemic ‘Artificial Screens’.

It would have been hard not to make Victoria Warehouse feel happy on Saturday night, and the majority of those in attendance would probably have felt that they had witnessed something special from a budding band.

This was The Lathums’ biggest headline show to date, but there’s no doubt that if they keep putting on shows this way, their scenes will just get bigger and bigger.

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