Live Gig Luxor - Cologne

You Me At Six and Canterbury

Pukkelpop Festival 2011 - 18.08.2011 - Hasselt, Belgien(Dec/04/2011) British pop punkers YOU ME AT SIX are back with their third record "Sinners Never Sleep", which was released in October. It's been a while since the five boys from Sussex played shows across the European mainland. Instead of hardcore/punk rock outfit LOWER THAN ATLANTIS, which had to cancel their appearance on this tour, the pop punkers are taking CANTERBURY with them. Also on the bill for tonight are MARINES, which I fail to see because of the traffic of Cologne's city and three possibilities of 'Luxemburger Straße' to choose with my Tom-Tom.

So first band for me to watch is CANTERBURY. It is their first time to tour outside of the United Kingdom but it seems like many people seem to enjoy their performance. Some are even familiar with the songs, which mostly tend to balance between pop punk and indie rock in style of old THE KOOKS. The Brits are really winning the attention of the 450 kids in the small club.

But it is obvious that all of the people are just waiting for YOU ME AT SIX to enter the stage, which they do at nine o'clock. Starting their show with 'The Consequence', the opener of their 2010 effort "Hold Me Down", it is an easy game for the five lads. The fans are jumping around, waving their arms and singing from the top of their lungs. The band itself seems to be in a great mood today as well. The guys put on a great show which everyone enjoys.

Unterwegs in - © sumnersgraphicsinc - Fotolia.comIt is great to see that YOU ME AT SIX are still playing old songs like 'Kiss And Tell' or 'Save It For The Bed Room' and not just the stuff which was highly successful in the UK. But the focus of the setlist is mainly on "Hold Me Down" and their most recent work "Sinners Never Sleep". The new songs are way harder than old tunes and less pop punk than most people would have expected them to be. Tunes like 'Little Death' or 'Bite My Tongue' sound much more matured and darker than old stuff like 'Play The Blame Game' or 'Save It For The Bed Room'. But it is the ballad 'Fireworks' which is the highlight of the band's show. The studio version is great, though the live performance of that track is even better - at least a little bit.

After one hour and the band's biggest hit 'Underdog' the show is over and 450 happy fans are entering the night, wondering why YOU ME AT SIX still have to play in such a small venue while headlinig big halls in the UK.

Text by © by Sebastian Berning