I saw Pentatonix in Birmingham 02 Academy last night- what an amazing concert! They’re just as good live as they are on their albums.
The show started with opening acts from Erato and Us the Duo, both performing alternative covers of well known songs, medleys and some original material. The audience was pretty diverse- a lot more teenagers than I was expecting and a fair few people in their 40s/50s.
The 02 Academy is a mainly standing venue. We decided not to try to get into the ‘crowd’ and stood by the bar on the ground floor- this was a good choice because it got really hot towards the end! The sound there was really good and balanced, and being pretty short, I probably saw as much standing there as I would have done if I’d been further forward.
I’m the first to admit that I’m really judgemental when it comes to live music. But I can’t think of anything that wasn’t amazing about their performance. They’re also likeable people, they seemed to be really privileged to perform for us.
Some favourite parts of the concert were: ‘Evolution of Michael Jackson’; Prelude No1 Cello Cover featuring Kevin; Daft Punk; Radioactive…actually, who am I kidding, I loved pretty much all of it! Massive respect for Kevin playing the cello and beatboxing at the same time- that’s real musicianship right there. And, speaking as a music teacher, thank you for making Bach cool for young people! Likewise for singing ‘Christus’- how low did Avi go??
A really special moment was when the group came back on stage to sing ‘Light in the Hallway’. They ditched the mics, dimmed the lights and performed to an (almost) silent crowd. You don’t see something like that often- a cappella and unplugged in a venue that size with that big a crowd. And, despite being stood right at the back, we still heard everything.
It was a brilliant concert. It doesn’t matter how old you are or your musical tastes, Pentatonix have something for everyone.