Since the minute Editors announced two homecoming shows in May, excitement has been continuously building right up until Tuesday night at the HMV institute; Birmingham was treated to 110 minutes of pure brilliance, talent and passion.
The crowd were becoming restless just before Editors finally took to the stage one by one to a huge welcoming cheer. This was a breath-taking moment for the band, they were about to begin one of their first live shows in a long time. An intimate start to the night, Lead Singer, Tom Smith sung whilst playing the piano before introducing a new track they call ‘Sugar’, showing a more synth side to Editors, the audience weren’t familiar but enjoyed it anyway. Hit single ‘The Racing Rats’ from their second album was up next, the slow piano introduction was automatically familiar to everyone and managed to get the audience on their toes.
The three lads continued to treat Birmingham with tune after tune and not once did they make a fault. Tom’s singing was perfect, his unique tone echoed around the institute making it an incredible experience. Other highlights from the night included ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’, ‘All Sparks’ and ‘An End Has A Start’ which forced Tom to battle against the crowd to be heard when the audience came together to sing along.
Tom thanked the audience before returning for their anticipated encore which included: ‘In This Light And On This Evening’, ‘Munich’ and ‘Two Hearted Spider’ before finishing with ‘Papillon’. Editors were explosive and performed exceptional as a whole, they sounded even better than the album (if that’s possible?). Tonight rekindled everyone’s love for the three brummie lads and reminded us why we love them. I think I speak for everyone there when I say that they were and are, fantastic.
Click here to read our review of Editors second date at the HMV Institute.
Photography by Jonathan Morgan