REVIEW: The Script make a triumphant return to Birmingham

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It may have been two years since The Script played in Birmingham, but last night they returned just as slick and powerful as ever.

A group that has had no trouble selling out Genting Arena – they’ve done it on multiple occasions, including a gig on St Patrick’s Day in 2011 – alongside their last world tour, many questioned why The Script made the decision to downscale to such an intimate space in the O2 Academy.

The truth is, playing a venue so much smaller allowed the crowd to appreciate the band on a whole new level. With four albums – soon to be five, Danny, Mark and Glen proved their worth with ease as they stepped on stage to their sold-out crowd last night.

There’s no questioning just how talented this band is. You don’t have to wonder if they’re going to get you singing along to every song or whether you’ll feel the Irish charm of 37-year-old frontman Danny O’Donogue winning over your heart when he delivers seamless vocals.

Birmingham was the third night on the band’s Freedom Child tour and from the very beginning, it was clear that the crowd were with the band all the way as they screamed, clapped and shouted the lyrics of each and every song. “Birmingham, I can already tell you’re all up for it tonight,” Danny bellowed. “We always get a little nervous when we play music for fans, but you guys aren’t fans, you’re family. You guys are amazing.”

Describing the gig as a ‘best-of’ tour wouldn’t be right because The Script have so much more to give, in fact, they’re only just getting the engine started again. That being said, ever since they released The Man Who Can’t Be Moved in 2008 The Script have continued to deliver music that people can relate to, from the heartbreak and grief in If You Could See Me Now, to the Irish pride in the pounding Paint The Town Green.

It’s not hard to tell that they’ve been missed by their fans. Each song ended with ear-splitting cheers and applause. On various occasions, Danny was able to step back from his microphone and simply watch as lyrics were sung back to him with a huge smile spread across his face.

“Thank you for such an incredible night that you gave us here, all that’s left to say is that we are The Script and we’re back! ” Danny bellowed.

I’ve been to many of The Script’s gigs over the years, and one thing that’s always remained noticeable is that you never feel like you don’t belong there, and that’s something the band works hard to achieve through both their music and shows.

“Times are getting hard these days,” Danny continued. “We’re here to promote freedom of hearts, freedom of expression; the freedom to be who you want to be, freedom to say what you want to say, do what you want to do. Freedom to sing whatever you want to sing and we want you to make moments that you’ll remember forever from coming here,” Danny told the crowd before breaking into their chart-topping Hall of Fame.

Birmingham set the bar for The Script and we can only hope they don’t stay away too long.