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whenyoung thrill a packed Dolans with an electric homecoming set

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Last Saturday marked the triumphant return of local band in exile whenyoung who if you don’t know already are Aoife Power (vocals & bass), Niall Burn (guitar) & Andrew Flood (drums).

Playing to a jam-packed house upstairs they displayed live all the polished power pop we’ve come to expect from their studio output.

On the night we got all the singles of course, with ‘Actor’ and EP title track ‘Given Up’ being particular stand outs whilst new tracks ‘Crystal’ and ‘The Others’ clearly showed that this is a band that is ever developing, the latter song is one of the high points of their set with the three bandmates in perfect unison on a track that is their most complete and complex to date.

‘Pretty Pure’ is another indie pop gem which sounds even better live and it’s preceded by a mesmeric solo rendition of ‘She Moves Through the Fair’ by Power.

Another track from their debut EP ‘Sleeper’ kicks off the encore this time showcasing a more downbeat mellow side of the band before the trio finish the night off with their excellent rendition of The Cranberries’ classic ‘Dreams’.

So with a hugely successful return to their hometown under their belt, their debut EP released and a support slot on Blossoms’ UK arena tour we await with anticipation what whenyoung will do next, whatever it is, it promises to be exceptional.

‘Given Up’ is available from November 9th via Spotify and all digital platforms as well as on 10” blue vinyl.