The Hunna, Night Riots & Coasts @ Birmingham O2 Academy 11/01/18
Thursday night we hit the Birmingham O2 Academy for The Hunna. First up we caught Night Riots, who likened to The Killers, came at us with a fun and melodic rock pop sound that got the crowd pumping. With a style all of their own Night Riots were a really pleasant surprise.
Second band up were special guests Coasts, seemingly the kings of retro style, us showing our age wondering if in fact vocalist Chris had stepped onto the stage in his jammies… Not only are they bringing it back with their aesthetic style, but their musical one too. Coasts hark back to the days when Pop and Rock weren’t so hugely divided, here we have a pop band playing real instruments and performing songs with feeling about real life stuff.
So we caught The Hunna for the first time in Jan 2017 (after hearing their song ‘You & me’ on Kerrang) at Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, the 450 cap venue, which to their credit they had packed to the rafters. But to go from there to selling out main room O2’s (and other equally large venues) all over the country, on their own headline tour?! In one year! That’s amazing.
On this night The Hunna had the biggest crowd we had seen in the main room O2 for a really long time, if not ever. The place was pumping and literally dripping! The atmosphere was truly electric, The Hunna have built themselves a die hard fanbase, that sang and danced along to every song with every drop of energy they had. A really cool and interesting looking fourpiece, these guys are no cute cookie cutter band, although their young crowd could make some believe otherwise. These songs resonate with deep and heartfelt lyrics, they perform with a tenacity that is completely invigorating and a tune that stops your feet from standing still.
We had a really great night, and our appreciation of The Hunna has only been deepend.