Tonight Queen’s University Student Union Mandela Hall hosted a musical extravaganza tour de force! An early start and a gig open to 14yrs + made for a room filled with hyper excited crazy teens ready to lift the roof off.
First up TYNE, a 19yr old Chill-Pop artist from Cambridge who took to the stage solo with a keyboard and a smile. Cute as a button she played a short but sweet set filled with emotive and heart felt lyrics that connected with the young audience. An artist in tune with her congregation I’m confident of big things ahead for this talented young lady.
COIN was the polar opposite of the chilled session we had just enjoyed from TYNE, bat shit crazy would be a fair assessment! Front man Chase Lawrence was like a man possessed! He did not stop Rocking out from the moment the first beat dropped until the very last and he gave it all to an equally appreciative Belfast crowd. The whole band did, their high energy set was infectious and the audience responded in kind, the room was bouncing along with their up-beat energetic chaotic intensity and it went down a treat. By the time the guys left the stage Belfast needed a breather.
P.V.R.I.S were about to take the stage for their 1st ever show in Belfast, a pumped up crowd were calling out their name and the youthful gathering with mobile phones at the ready went nut’s at they climbed the stairs to the stage. Kicking the night off with ‘Heaven’ vocalist Lynn Gunn behind her keys started the proceeding off softly before the beat kicked in. Adorning her signature long black coat she graced the length of the stage for their opening song. The audience joining along with the huge chorus each and everyone singing the words, yet another high intensity set had the room bouncing along with the behemoth sounding melodies matched only by Gunn’s empowering vocals.
Multi faceted Gunn took to the second set of drums on stage for ‘Half’ to mirror the drum pattern of their touring drummer. It was an impressive sight that the Belfast crowd lapped up and it showcased the multi-talented aspect of this trio. As the night progressed the energy grew and as a fan threw onstage a large gay pride / LGBT flag to the stage Gunn hung it over her microphone and continued to sing. The drummer and bassist Brian McDonald take a breather as Gunn and guitarist Alex Babinski stand front and centre for ‘Stripped’ where Gunn once again takes to the keys for a dark and emotive number.
P.V.R.I.S left their mark on this Belfast audience, a packed Mandela Hall empowered by their honest performance left more than happy with what had just proceeded, hopefully the trio left with memories equally magical of their 1st Belfast show.
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