Live Review: FM / Dare – Picturedrome, Holmfirth 25.11.2023

Jason Siddall

The Holmfirth Picturedrome played host to a Saturday night of classic rock excellence, courtesy of legendary bands FM and Dare. The venue provided an intimate and unique setting that perfectly complemented tonight’s classic rock vibes. The pretty much sold out crowd, a diverse mix of long-time fans and newcomers alike.

Dare opened the evening with a set featuring tracks from across their back catalogue. Opening with “Born in the Storm” from the 2022 album Road to Eden the Holmfirth audience responded immediately. A one hour performance with a two song encore, closing with “Return the Heart” from the 1988 album Out of the Silence with the crowd singing along enthusiastically. Great musicians with fantastic stage presence, strong songs and positive energy.

FM took to the stage and from the first chord to the final encore, Steve Overland’s vocals were nothing short of stellar, effortlessly reaching every high note. The chemistry between band members was clear to see and musicianship was, as expected, top class.

Standout moments of the night were the band’s rendition of their classic hits “Bad Luck” “Frozen Heart” and “That Girl” all sounded as good live as the original recordings. The band didn’t shy away from introducing newer material “Turn This Car Around” proved that FM’s songwriting prowess is as strong as ever. The band also announced that new music was coming in 2024.

Production of the show was excellent, with great sound and lighting and as the night reached its climax, FM treated the audience to a two song encore with a stripped back version of “Story Of My Life” closing with “Other Side Of Midnight”

Fans of Classic Rock who haven’t seen FM live yet are missing a treat, having stood the test of time the band sound great, they continue to be one of the UK’s best live bands and I highly recommend you check that out for yourself.

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