How it felt going to a gig after Manchester bombing

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Just 24 hours after tragedy struck in Manchester, Mail reporter and native Mancunian Craig Jones was one of the dozens who went to the Adelphi to watch Twin Wild.

In the aftermath to Monday’s hideous terrorist attack in Manchester attending a gig was the right thing to do.

We’ve all read and seen the scenes of despair that followed the heart-sinking mindless massacre at Manchester Arena which saw a suicide bomber kill 22 innocent people attending an Ariana Grande gig. An evening of fun with friends and family turned into one our country will never forget.

Each tale of those who perished was just as tragic as the last and as a Mancunian this atrocity resonated particularly strongly – seeing a place I care so deeply for in utter chaos.

In an attempt to pay respect to those who needlessly lost their lives, as we now know heartbreakingly many of them were children, I decided to go to the first gig I could to show that music, and most importantly the great honest people around the world who love it, won’t be silenced.

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As you’d imagine, Twin Wild’s performance at The New Adelphi Club, in De Grey Street, on Tuesday night, was an emotional affair.

Despite the crowd being somewhat modest in size, there was a deeply poignant moment, when lead singer Richard Hutchison stopped mid-set and called for a minute of silence. It was something I’ve never seen before in a dingy indie haunt but looking at the faces all around you could tell we were united as one.

Just as we were when the music started again, having a good time with that moment, when the thrashing guitars started again, symbolically sending a message that our spirit will go on and we’ll never live in fear of extremists.

And, that hate will never tear us apart.

To the music, the band put in a good showing during what was understandably a difficult night. Richard, and his bandmates, Imran Mair, David Cuzner and Edward Thomas are still at the start of their careers but the signs are promising for the Londoners.

The leather-jacketed four-piece sound like an act who you’d find on the bill at our neighbouring Leeds Festival.

If you fancy giving them a listen there’s you’ll find their latest release, Control, on their Facebook page.

I’m pleased to report Twin Wild’s musical talent matches their class.

Craig Jones 4/5

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