The Script are an unusually talented band. From their debut 12 years ago (!!!) to their latest release, ‘Sunsets & Full Moons’, each album is a stellar entry to their ever-growing discography, which is what has made me a fan for all of these years.
Having seen them twice prior (‘No Sound Without Silence’ and ‘Freedom Child’ ), I just knew I’d have to get tickets a third time around for their ‘Sunsets & Full Moons’ tour, and boy, it didn’t disappoint. I took a gamble and got the tickets before I’d even listened to the record – putting my
science and faith in the Irish trio, but it was a gamble that was well-placed.
Opening up with ‘Something Unreal’, the energy booming off the group was almost palpable. From lead singer Danny O’Donoghue leaping around the stage like a deranged rock star (and I mean that in the best way possible), to Glen Power smashing against the drums and Mark Sheehan’s deep and powerful voice echoing around the arena, the gang made it clear that they weren’t here to pull any punches.
With a luminous, glowing moon hanging above the crowd, The Script certainly delivered on a spectacular night. At one end of the set-up, the moon hung, changing colours from purple to red to white. At the other, the circular orb that shone above the trio rose up, turning into a burning, blazing sun. Danny instructed the audience to flick on their phone torches, claiming that “we’d be the stars, making up a galaxy”. And what a sight it was to see.
There were plenty of things like that to marvel at throughout the gig, but none of it felt forced – or as if it were being done simply for the sake of it. They kept their humanity, their humble roots – making them one of the most relatable bands of our time. When an array of fiery sparks erupted down on the stage, Mark cooed “whatever hair I had left has now burnt off”. This is what makes The Script so likeable, from their music to the stage personas, they’re real people.
The set-list itself was a delight for any fan of The Script. Featuring all of their biggest hits to fan-favourites, there was something there for everyone. It wasn’t too heavy on their latest record, nor was it too light – a perfect blend of all the hits that made the band so popular. My only personal complaint was a lack of ‘Paint the Town Green’ and ‘Underdog’, but I guess you can’t win them all. Also, closing with ‘For the First Time’ – my favourite ever Script song, was a brilliant way to end the show.
There was even a mash-up of ‘Good Ol’ Days’ splashed with ‘Jump Around’ – which doesn’t seem like it should work, but, miraculously, it did. It worked wonderfully. Seeing the crowd go nuts to a bizarre blend of two tunes while the stage was laced with green was an unusual sight – but one that was absolutely fantastic, and won’t be leaving my mind’s eye any time soon.
During ‘Nothing’, Danny asks the audience if they have any bitter ex’s in their lives, and, if so, to hand him their phone. The ex-boyfriend was graced with a sold-out arena screaming the lyrics to ‘Nothing’ at him – a unifying event if there ever was one.
This crowd interaction is something that makes The Script so special. They don’t just show up, sing a few tunes and leave. Each and every time I’ve seen them they always create a connection with the crowd, and this time was no different. From using each and every inch of the stage, to running through the crowd, to two stages, to selfies and inside jokes, The Script truly do make you feel as though you are a part of a family.
A key highlight for me was when he got each member of the crowd to put an arm around the person next to them, then jump eight steps to the left and back again. Despite him saying “if you’ve been to a Script gig before you’ll know what’s about to happen” (uh, no?) and it probably being a health and safety violation, it was an exhilarating experience.
From ‘Run Through Walls’ – an intimate moment where me and my best pals hugged as Danny sang about the power of friendship, to ‘Rain’, each track was either emotionally impactful of a fist-pumping celebration of pop/rock music. And I enjoyed each and every second of it.
Danny himself said that the crowd in London was one of the best he’d ever known – making it their favourite London date they’ve ever played. And, honestly, I’d have to agree.