Machineheart, Dreamers, & You Me At Six @ The Shelter in Detroit, MI
Review & photography by Rebekah Witt
This past Wednesday on February 27th, You Me At Six’s ‘Back Again’ tour hit Detroit, Michigan. Fans arriving at the show quickly found out that the show, originally set to be at St. Andrew’s Hall, was moved down to the smaller basement venue, The Shelter. Although spirits seemed to be down due to downgrading at the start, the place eventually filled up with fans eager to see a band that hadn’t been to Detroit since 2014 and the high energy shot up.
After waiting outside in the cold weather, the crowd needed to be warmed up, literally and figuratively. Luckily, female-fronted pop band Machineheart was here to open the show. Lead singer Stevie Scott serenaded the crowd with her melodic voice, while also giving off heavy Stevie Nicks vibes. Having just released their debut album People Change a few weeks before, the setlist was mostly composed of brand new songs. Highlights of their set included songs ‘Do You Love,’ ‘Who Said,’ and ‘Altar.’
With fans crowding in more and more, pop rock band DREAMERS took the stage. Their setlist was a mix of songs from 2018 EPs LAUNCH and FLY, as well as their 2016 album This Album Does Not Exist. Some favorites were ‘Screws,’ ‘All Washed Out,’ and ‘Wolves (You Got Me).’ They also performed new song ‘Die Happy,’ released only 5 days before, and were thrilled to see fans already knowing and singing every word.
Finally, one by one, the members of You Me At Six walked out on stage. Opening the show with ‘Fast Forward,’ a track from their newest album VI, the crowd immediately jumped into the rhythm and danced along with lead singer Josh Franceschi. They played many songs across their discography from their past 5 albums; VI, Night People, Cavalier Youth, Sinners Never Sleep and Hold Me Down. Favorites of the night included ‘Reckless,’ Give,’ ‘IOU,’ and ‘Room To Breathe.’ You Me At Six fans had waited far too long to see them again, and this show was well worth the wait. After the last encore song ‘Underdog,’ the crowd emptied the venue, hopeful that the band would return sometime soon.
The ‘Back Again’ tour ends in Atlanta, GA on March 16th. Find tickets for the rest of the tour and more information about each of the bands below!