Having experienced an exciting, energetic set from The Like at Leeds festival a few weeks ago, Friday’s set at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester had something lacking. While the new songs had a certain spark to them, and a definite improvement from the girls first album, the lack of crowd support & interaction let the performance down.
Choosing local bands The Bora, Golden Glow and The Sticks to support was a sure fire way to bring in the crowds but there are downsides to playing to a room full of family and friends of your supports. Because only about half of the crowd were there for The Like, the crowd were going at it the most for the support, and who can question why when The Sticks covered Bad Romance…
With the crowd primed and ready for the main act, they sorely disappointed. Although not the bands fault mind, in a small intimate venue, like The Ruby Lounge, the show doesn’t work as there no room for the audience to dance and interact with the songs, but in the right setting The Like are a truly fantastic live act, but unfortunately not this time.
The Like’s debut album is out now on Downtown/Polydor, you can check out the video for lead single “Wishing He Was Dead” Below.