Live Review: Deaf Havana / Jaws The Shark – Manchester Academy, Manchester 11.11.2022

Sian Connolly

By Sian Connolly

The Deaf Havana tour has finally arrived in Manchester and warm-up band Jaws The Shark are here to kick it off. 

Originally working as a tour manager, upcoming singer and producer Olly Bailey took to the stage to start the night off with a bang. With a low-fi vibe and punk aesthetic, Bailey and his band rocked the Academy and got everyone moving. An incredibly talented bunch of guys who will definitely headline their own tour in the future! 

Next to take the stage, 25-year-old artist, Khazali showed off his awesome moves and even more awesome vocals! From the West of London, the alternative indie-pop singer received the warmest welcome from fans as he sang his best hits. Only a few nights into the tour, Khazali showed no fear in taking over the stage and putting on the best show. By far one of the best artists I’ve seen live!

The time soon came for headlining band, Deaf Havana, to give the crowd what they’d been waiting for. Brothers James and Matthew Veck-Gilodi formed the band back in 2005 in Norfolk, rapidly gaining a following of fans who loved their alternative/indie style of music. Kicking off their set with classics such as “Pocari Sweet”, “19dreams” and “Trigger”, the crowd was going absolutely wild. Screaming and cheering boomed around the venue as the two brothers were up on stage strumming away. The highlight of the night was the incredible encore with three of their top hits “The Present is a Foreign Land”, “Fever” and the last song of the night, “Remember Me”. An iconic song title for an iconic band that we certainly will “remember”.

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