The Script kicked off the UK & Ireland leg of their 'Greatest Hits Tour' last week in Belfast, with two sold-out shows across the weekend.
Review: Rachel Dempster
Photos: Mollie McKay
The amazingly talented Ella Henderson got the crowd warmed up for the Irish trio. She worked her way through her vast array of hits, including 'This Is Real' and 'Let's Go Home Together,' which was originally released as a duet with Tom Grennan, but on this tour, she has been duetting the track with a member of her band. Their stellar performance received a phenomenal response, with cheers throughout the arena at their unbelievable duet.
Getting the audience involved throughout her set, with everyone singing and dancing along, she also performed recent singles 'Crazy What Love Can Do' and '21 Reasons.' Explaining that lockdown gave her the opportunity to finish her second album, she also performed several tracks from 'Everything I Didn't Say.' Wrapping her forty-minute set up with her debut single 'Ghost,' the audience were even more ready for The Script!
After an interval, it was time for The Script to take to the stage. Kicking off their set with 'Superheroes,' the energy in the room was indescribable. The entire crowd never faltered with singing every lyric back to the band on stage. A special moment for both the band and the audience alike, the band progressed through hits such as 'Rain' and 'I Want It All.'
Then came the performance which can only be described as the ultimate Irish anthem. As the lights went down and the arena was lit up green, 'Paint The Town Green' was one of the stand-out moments from the evening. Midway through the song, the band made their way through the crowd to the second stage. They worked their way through some of their older hits on the second stage, including 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved' and 'Before The Worst.'
The band then made their way to sit amid the audience to perform a couple of tracks. Lead member Danny O'Donoghue rang an audience member's ex-partner for their performance of 'Nothing.' Explaining that in past performances, he rang his own ex-girlfriend, he said he now rings a member of the audience's ex-partner, asking them to stay on the line and listen to the performance. The band stayed in the audience to perform 'If You Could See Me Now' and 'Never Seen Anything Quite Like You.'
Arriving back to the main stage to perform 'Something Unreal,' 'Science and Faith,' 'Talk You Down' and wrapping up with 'For The First Time,' the audience were left cheering for more. The encore consisted of 'No Good In Goodbye' and 'Breakeven', with The Script finishing up with 'Hall of Fame.'
Both the band and audience's energy never wavered throughout their set. It was evident that the band had missed being on stage performing to their legions of fans. The Script truly belong on stage. Working their way through their hits since they emerged on the music scene in 2008 with the release of their debut album, there was something for everyone and this tour inevitably marks a huge milestone for the band, following on from their 'Greatest Hits' album released last year.
If you get a chance to see The Script on any of their remaining tour dates, it is a show not to be missed. Their energy, fantastic vocals, live performances and more make for a brilliant show - one that we absolutely loved!
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