Live Review: The Hara / Call Me Amour / SNAYX – O2 Academy, Sheffield 07.04.2023

Jason Siddall

A trip to the 02 Academy in Sheffield for the first night of The Hara’s European tour. Friday also saw the release of the bands latest album ‘Survival Mode’ so I was expecting a big night ahead, it didn’t disappoint.

I first saw The Hara at 110 Above Festival last year, I was walking around the festival with a beer and stumbled upon the band by chance if I’m honest. They caught my attention immediately their stage presence was incredible since then I have followed progress with interest.

So on to tonight and a 21 song setlist which featured several tracks from the new album not previously heard live. Bursting onto the stage with ‘Autobiography’ and making an immediate impact with the Sheffield crowd. What makes the Hara’s live show different to lots of bands is the pure entertainment value they offer. Image wise they all look incredible, grabbing your attention and pulling you into the show, add to that the fact that they are all excellent musician’s and the combination is electric. 

That said though there is still a level of depth and authenticity behind the image portrayed on stage, the lads clearly work very hard at what they do and put a lot of thought into the show, it’s not all makeup and stage image, the music is equally as well written and performed.

The set featured a short section of songs which were less hard rock and more melodic in style featuring singer Josh on keyboard. Guitarist Zack picked up the ukulele for the song ‘Off This Train’. It sounds mad, but it really worked, adding some light and shade to the overall performance, showcasing that important songwriting talent.

My personal favourite on the night was the track ‘Play my Game’ which had an almost Led Zeppelin feel to it, it proper rocked as did drummer Jack who really is top drawer. That said I have since listened to the new album several times and there isn’t a bad song on it.

Suffice to say that the Hara’s performance tonight was off the charts and judging by the crowds reaction, this tour will be a major success. This band are genuinely one of the best British rock acts out there and they deserve every success. 

Just to note.. I was on the industry voting panel for the Heavy Music Awards this year and I voted for The Hara in the best British newcomer category, trust me I’m right.. they absolutely are.

Supporting tonight were Call Me Amour and SNAYX. Both bands were excellent, bringing some real energy for the early crowd, check them both out you won’t be disappointed.

If you haven’t seen The Hara live yet you are missing out, go buy a ticket for one of the remaining shows. Check out the new album on all major streaming platforms, it is destined to be the hard rock album of the year and in my opinion, will put the band well and truly on the map.


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