If you know me well, you’ll know my absolute favourite band is Deaf Havana, so when they announced their UK Headline Tour last year I knew I had to go. I’d missed their previous tour, as the date near me fell on my mum’s 60th birthday, so had to get my priorities right and unfortunately couldn’t go! So, I hadn’t been to seen them since 2014, and was more than excited about finally getting to see them live again.
We chose tickets for Middlesborough, mainly because it was on a Sunday, and Adam works until 5.30pm every week day so it wouldn’t give us enough time to get to different places with traffic during the week. We’d been to Middlesborough Empire last time we’d seen them in December 2014, so it was a familiar venue.
So on the 24th March, we left York for Middlesborough, which is about a 45 minute drive, donned with my new merch I got for Christmas. I absolutely love this tee, with the lyrics for ‘Epiphany’ spiralled on the back.
Doors opened at 7pm, and before heading towards the staged I had to pick myself up some more merch. I already knew what I wanted as I’d seen it circulating social media, but I got myself the Sinner Tour 2019 t-shirt, which has the tour dates down the back. We got oursleves a drink before waiting for the support artists to come on stage.
First up was a band called ‘Hot Milk’, whom I’d never heard of before, but I really enjoyed their set and will be definitely checking them out on Spotify. I particularly like ‘Awful Ever After’. Next up was ‘La Fontaines’, which is a three man band from Glasgow. Not only was their performance amazing, but they were so engaged with the audience which really adds to a performance. Both bands talent and stage presence was insane.
THEN, it was time for Deaf Havana
Firstly, the stage set up was insane, with the ‘holy’ symbol in neon light at the back of the stage. The lighting and performance had really stepped up since I last saw then, so it was so good to see how far they’ve come in four years.
The set list was also fab, which oldies and others off newer albums, such as ‘Rituals‘ which is so good for long term and newer ‘fans’ of their music. Three of my absolute favourites were performed; Hunstanton Pier, Sinner and Holy. I was in a somewhat musical trance!
Every song and lyric they sing, you can feel the pure emotion of every single word.
I don’t follow a lot of music, but Deaf Havana is a band that I’ve continued to love over the years. I think the songs always hit me pretty hard, as I found the band when I was going through some of the worst years of my life in school. Wow, sorry for the imprompt deep moment. But, they always feel very raw and real to me, and bring me back to where I was and how far I’ve come since. Ok, I’m stopping because now I’ve made myself cry!
The night finished at around 10:30pm, and then we drove back to York…of course with a McDonald’s pit-stop on the way because I was peckish. I’ve woke this morning eager to write this post and share their music with you all. Deaf Havana are on tour across the globe, so be sure to go see them at a venue near you!
I cannot wait for the next tour!
What’s your favourite band?