On Thursday night X Factor boyband Stereo Kicks bought their very first headline tour to Sheffield’s O2 Academy.
Its 7pm when the academy opened its doors to the eager fans who tell me they have been waiting outside since 12pm that afternoon.
The tiny upstairs room of the O2 Academy is soon filled to the rafters with anticipation of what is to come later that evening but first up is support act Kerri Watt, its acoustic pop and it goes down great with this young and excitable crowd.
However the noise steps up yet another level at 8:30pm when the boys take to the stage- opening on a mash-up cover of ‘Sing’ and ‘Naïve’ a great opener which gets the crowd singing along with every word. One thing is for sure- stereo kicks have no problem with stage presence, they get into the gig as soon as they walk onto the stage and with 8 of them in the band the stage is not at all empty!
Paying tribute to bands before them, Stereo Kicks played something for the slightly older generation in the venue that evening with ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Hey Jude’ this gets everyone singing along- even the dads at the back of the room can’t resist a little foot tapping to this! Playing other songs such as ‘She Looks So Perfect’ and ‘Ugly Heart’ they put their own spin on each cover and even do an acoustic version of ‘Blank Space’ for this ecstatic crowd
Upon leaving the stage for a encore break the band make a swift return to stage which is marked by screams and “We Love Stereo Kicks” chants from the audience. “One more song before we go Sheffield” the band announce, which comes in the form of what is to be this band’s debut single ‘Love Me So’ they round off this show in typical boyband style by taking a ‘selfie’ with the crowd and utter sentences like “until next time Sheffield…”