LIVE PHOTOS + REVIEW: Counterfeit // Manchester, UK


You know a band has something refreshing and special to offer when you leave their concert with an indescribable feeling of exhilaration. Last Tuesday, rock band Counterfeit delivered just that when they performed to a small crowd at Manchester’s Deaf Institute venue. Although small; the show carried an atmosphere that was undoubtedly worthy of fuelling an entire stadium of music enthusiasts. A perfect blend of new material and well loved favourites; after a break in succession of 2017 album release, Together We Are Stronger, Counterfeit’s new setlist gave fans the exact comeback gig they craved.

The show ran like a story as passionate frontman, Jamie Campbell-Bower, led the audience through each song with interludes of expressing the meaning behind their evocative lyrics. Jamie explained the notion of their first album being a cathartic release of emotion and was nothing but honest in discussing topics such as his struggle with drugs and mental health. He went on to say that, throughout it all, music had been his creative outlet to combat all pain and torment. Now in a better place; he announced Counterfeit’s new music will spread the message of undying hope. The audience were gripped on the musician’s every word. As the evening was near its close, Jamie emphasised the phrase; ‘This too shall pass’; which led perfectly into their inspirational new release; It Gets Better; a song that champions resilience and demands to be heard. With broad, beaming smiles; both the band and the crowd demonstrated their strong connection and mutual understanding singing the impactful lyrics to one another; an immensely uplifting sight to see.

Throughout the whole show there had been no barriers between Counterfeit and their fans as Jamie jumped from stage to bar top to the centre of the crowd and the encore was no exception. The night concluded with empowering finale song; Enough; which saw all band members step into the audience to sing together as one. The musicians presented fans with a great level of trust which wasn’t taken for granted as they remained indisputably respectful the entire time. I feel this says a lot for Counterfeit as a band who have managed to cultivate such a tight-knit community of spirited individuals.

The room was electric and brought the word lively to a whole new level as everyone relentlessly jumped chanting lyrics; “LET US LIVE, LET US LOVE, LET US SHOW YOU THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”. Counterfeit is a band with incredible stage presence and an infectious energy. With album number two finished awaiting its release and a February tour supporting Palaye Royale already lined up for 2020; they are certainly ones to watch next year. If you want in on the action, you can grab tickets to the show HERE or visit the tour section on their website attached below!

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