PVRIS // Maggie Lindemann // Charlotte Sands // Live Review // The O2 Institute // Birmingham
After a nice, relaxing day, it was time to head to my first gig of the year, Alt-Rock titans PVRIS were headlining the O2 Institute, Birmingham with support from Maggie Lindemann and Charlotte Sands. After the usual nightmare of the Institute’s queuing situation and grabbing my pass, I headed in to fight for a spot in the photo pit for the first act. PVRIS were a band I quickly became a fan of as a teenager but never got the chance to see at the time, so I was excited to finally get to see one of the bands that helped expand my musical tastes.
Charlotte Sands was up first, the Alt-Rock/Pop-Punk singer gave a ridiculously tight performance that blended a vast variety of genres with elements of Pop-Punk, Rock and general Pop together into a unique sound that definitely got the crowd warmed up for the rest of the night. The stage presence from her band also helped the stage feel alive with constant movement and energy that really was infectious. The set’s highlight was definitely her most recent single Alright, which was played live for the first time and had an incredible reaction from the crowd. A damn good opener that will be a hard act to follow.
Second up for the night was Maggie Lindemann, an American Pop-Punk/Alt-Rock star in the making. Within the opening moments, all I heard from those at the barrier were incredibly loud cheers and a ridiculous level of hype. With a damn tight performance and some great, catchy tunes I can completely understand why this was the case. While her sound wasn’t to my usual tastes, the crowd’s energy and tight musicianship made the set a truly enjoyable experience that I’m glad to have gotten to witness. She is definitely an artist to watch, I give it a couple of years till she’s headlining shows of this size.
After the final changeover, the night’s main event took to the stage. PVRIS are an act that many will know from their teenage emo years, myself included. Lynn Gunn hit the stage to an eruption of applause and the set promptly began. Starting with Animal, one of the group’s 2022 singles, made me realise how drastically the band’s sound had changed from when I used to listen to them daily. The set had a decent blend of tracks, both new and old from the 4 albums and multiple EP releases in their belt including Goddess, the band’s most recent single that was released the day after the Birmingham show. I’ve always felt like PVRIS got the short end of the stick in the Emo Alt-Rock scene of the 2010s, and tonight cemented that for me as the band gave one hell of a performance that would put some of the titans of the genre to shame. I hope it isn’t long till we see Pvris headlining much bigger venues, they deserve it.
PVRIS are currently embarking on her 13-date UK/EU tour, marking her first tour overseas since 2019.
PVRIS Remaining Headline Tour Dates:
25th January – O2 Institute Birmingham (Sold out)
26th January – Eventim Apollo, London (Low Tickets)
29th January – Kavka Zappa Antwerp
31st January – 013 Tilburg
1st February – Alhambra Paris
2nd February – Gloria Theater Cologne
4th February – Grunspan Hamburg
6th February – Flex Vienna
7th February – Technikum Munich
8th February – Magazzini Generali Milan
10th February – Gretchen Berlin