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You Me At Six @ The Opera House – Toronto Live Review

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You Me At Six @ The Opera House, October 15, 2013

You Me at Six @ The Opera House — Toronto Live Review

Who: You Me at Six
From: Weybridge, Surrey, UK
Where: The Opera House
When: Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Total Score: 8/10

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Crowd: English alt-rock three piece Dinosaur Pile-Up got the crowd started, followed by Conditions from Richmond, Virginia. When Sydney Australia’s Tonight Alive took the stage things ramped up to eleven. Jenna McDougall is a joy to see on stage.

The crowd was phenomenally upbeat, scream-signing along to the recorded tracks between sets, cheering every roadie and lighting change in anticipation of the main event.

By the time You Me at Six took the stage, the entire room bounced along, belting out every word to each song, raising the roof during “Underdog” and “Bite My Tongue.” With encouragement, a circle pit formed, but crowd surfing was key.

Style: alterative rock, pop punk

Memorable song/moment: The inspirational speeches between songs were kind of sweet. Any problems, negativity, all bullshit should be left at the door. Everyone was out to have a good time, and they certainly did.

Sex appeal/image: Young women crowd-surfed to the front in waves. Early in the set a woman hopped up on stage for a quick hug with lead singer Josh Franceschi before diving back into the crowd, and a trend was started. The next two women were awkwardly disentangled, but after that, what could he do but embrace it, so to speak. Franceschi gamely hugged each young woman who made it to the stage, even going so far as to pull one woman from the crowd to remain on stage for the better part of a song. His playful stage presence, diving into the crowd during the last song, and tossing a sweat-soaked t-shirt into the crowd at the end of the set made fans wild beyond measure.

Comments: This is You Me at Six’s first tour as headliners in North America, and it’s been a year and a half since they were last in Toronto. When Franceschi asked if everyone would be back if they returned in the spring of 2014, the crowd went mad. This show was sold out; if you want to make it to the next one, buy tickets early.

Review by: Nico Mara-McKay
Photos by: Alexei Malakhov

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