Live Review: YUNGBLUD / Nova Twins – 3Arena, Dublin 10,06,2022

YUNGBLUD’S Life on Mars tour hit Dublin’s 3Arena with support coming from Nova Twins.

Opening the show were London rock duo Nova Twins, I was looking forward to see these as I had missed them when they played here in Dublin awhile back. The band got a huge reception from the large crowd
and their half hour set (too short in my opinion) with a mix of their nu-metal / rap-rock / punk-rock style.
At one point Amy Love commenting that, this is mad! there’s loads of yous, its huge! and of-course mentioning their new album on the way next week.
Like I said over far! Too quick!
No set list to be had.

So the stage was blocked by a large black curtain as its changed over for YUNGBLUD and as nine o clock hit it drops and the man himself was revealed standing at his mic, the arena erupted as the mass of fans get worked into a frenzy.
On the second song he jumped down off the stage to get a bunch of roses from a front row member also for the first four songs there was lots of flames shooting upwards during the songs and this was to happen for a song or two near the end of the main set.
It was a fairly interactive show with YUNGBLUD many times stopping during songs to talk and talking between songs, most of the talking was to say how he loved Dublin, how amazing Dublin is and the crowd tonight and about loving ones self and each other and don’t fear being different.
He stopped during the fourth song as there was something happening near the front and it seems to be a fight and he got security to sort it out, just after this I saw a young girl being lead out of the arena.
So back on track and he make a speak about YUNGBLUD shows being about love and rainbows and none of that shit is allowed.
More of the interaction came in the form of getting the crowd to jump a long with him during songs and to wave their hands in the air in different fashions depending on the song.
Other topics he discussed with the crowd were about feeling different and alone, something he talked about more so just before Life on Mars, where near the end he got down off stage and brought to people up on stage with their Bisexual flag and let them sing out the end of the song after which he hugs and chatted with them privately.
Something else he spoke about was his rise through the Dublin venues with the first he played in was Up-stairs at Whelan’s, then Whelan’s main room, its was Vicar Street next and now 3Arena!
He finished out the main set on his own with just a guitar, during this time he stopped again as he thought he had seen someone passed out near the front, but nope false alarm ( I heard later she was just drunk)
The encore consisted of four songs during which an Irish flag was thrown up on stage and he wore it throughout a song, he picked up the tambourine for one of the songs and pours pints over himself and the drum kit while joining in and playing the drums along with the drum.
Over all it was enjoyed by the largely young crowd and all left still buzzing with excitement.
The show lasted just over an hour and a half.

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