The second night of This Feeling’s ‘Big in 2018’ shows at Jimmy’s in Manchester was yet another sold out show. Bolton band The Jade Assembly headlined the show with support from Wulfman Fury, Generation and The Racket.

Noisy, indie band The Racket got the crowd riled up from the start with their fast, choppy guitar music with snarling vocals. The Widnes band harboured reminders of indie music ten years ago when Arctic Monkeys were creating a sound with a working class attitude and lyrics that were relevant to current events. The Racket grew during their set and ending very strong to a busy basement in the Manchester venue.

The room emptied for arguably the best band of the night, Generation. The Liverpool band looked like rockstars as they waltzed around the venue all night and continued this persona on stage as they created a striking performance that certainly makes them stand out in a crowd. Lead singer Dean Carne paraded the stage adorning pin striped trousers and topless for the majority of the show with his distinctive voice reverberating around the bare walls of Jimmy’s. Generation had the full package; from a stand out stage presence to the incredible songs to back up their swagger.

Wulfman Fury had the difficult job of following from the energetic and punchy Generation. The Sheffield band are creating a great name for themselves with their catchy music which has rhythm that is instantly infectious. Wulfman Fury sounded pitch perfect with excellent vocals, but following such an active band they looked very static on the stage which withdrew from their impressive performance.

Headliner The Jade Assembly are no stranger to Jimmy’s and have a devout following who make themselves heard wherever they are. This show was no different as John Foster barely needed to sing a word all night as every note was sang back even louder. The Jade Assembly have an anthemic sound to their music which is lost in a tiny venue like Jimmy’s but songs like ‘Got My Star’ and their impromptu encore of ‘Our Town’ packed a punch that got the venue bouncing.

Sunday’s are meant to be a relaxing day but when This Feeling are putting on shows of this magnitude in intimate venues like Jimmy’s then it’s understandable why the bar was rocking to the sound of rowdy Bolton lads.

Words and Photo by: Stuart Daley