Live Review: Cage the Elephant @ Manchester Ritz

Cage The Elephant made their grand return to Manchester on Saturday for a night of body-bruising antics; armed with a set-list full of noise you could only hope for and more.

Frontman Matthew Shultz took to the stage of a packed Manchester Ritz, before exclaiming "historically you guys have been the best crowd ever, so you better live up to expectations" before ripping into set opener Cry Baby taken from latest album Tell Me I’m Pretty.

Full of enthusiasm and energy, Cage The Elephant showcased their musical catalogue dating back to 2008, with the ever-popular Aberdeen and Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked making an appearance earlier on in the set.

Shultz and his band soon wiped any preconceptions of peaking too soon, tearing through their fourth studio album (released in December last year), proving that after all these years they’re still as fiery and powerful as ever.

With the audience fully in the palm of their hands, the encore was almost like a rush of blood to the head; ending on Sabretooth Tiger and accompanied by a crowd of mosh pits.

A night of jumping around, being covered in beer, whilst gaining a couple of bruises seemed the norm for this performance, and Cage The Elephant fell nothing short of executing a show like no other.

By Jackson Heywood

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