Twin Atlantic prove ready for headline status at sold out Albert Hall, Manchester


Twin Atlantic are supported by Lonely The Brave. It’s early evening, Albert Hall’s stained glass windows flood the room with light. There’s a lot riding on Lonely The Brave, a band expected to put British rock back on the international map. Firm favourite is River River, upcoming single drenched in life and emotion. Show that you care. These guys prove they are more than ready for their main-stage slot at Reading and Leeds.

Additional support comes from Eliza and the Bear who open with catchy, well-known track Friends. Claps all round. To anyone unknowingly walking in off the street, you’d assume the headline band are performing their encore. Eliza and the Bear are a commercial-friendly band with easy-to-love material.

Since forming in 2007, Twin Atlantic quickly rose to prominence on the UK festival circuit, achieving main-stage status at most major UK festivals. Tonight, there’s no denying Twin Atlantic as a rock band, and the Glaswegian quartet take no prisoners with their hard hitting riffs and watertight dynamic.

Couple more songs and I’ll fucking lose it. 

Like a true Scot, Sam McTrusty is a show man. The charming lead singer gets his fans on the floor to create a dramatic uprising before his lead on Time For You To Stand Up. The Albert Hall suits Twin Atlantic perfectly, and it’s all eyes on Barry Mckenna’s beautiful love affair with the electric cello on Oceans.

As the night progresses, Scottish flags drape relentlessly from the balcony and encore anarchy sets the building into motion. An intense drum solo from the incredibly talented Craig Kneale accelerates the energy in the room before Brothers and Sisters turns the audience into a choir.

It hasn’t been a smooth ride to the top of festival bills for Twin Atlantic. The band revealed they were knocked back at their first T-Break audition for T in the Park, before being chosen a year later. We’re glad they persevered.