Live Music Review: Hannah Wicklund Rocks AO Arena Manchester with Power-Packed Performance

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Review By JEM Potos by Paul McWilliams

The electrifying energy that preceded Hannah Wicklund’s performance at AO Arena Manchester on November 19th, 2023, was matched only by the sheer dynamism she brought to the stage during her brief but impactful 20-minute set.

Amidst the buzz surrounding Wicklund’s rising star, her entrance was notably unassuming. The band casually took their positions on stage, greeted the audience with a brief wave, and dived straight into the opening track, “Hell in the Hallway.” Initially, the song began with a subtle, almost understated vibe, drawing the audience in, only to explode into an adrenaline-fueled crescendo, setting the tone for the rest of the set.

Despite the brevity of her performance, Wicklund and her band managed to encapsulate a diverse range of emotions and musical styles within their five-song setlist. Tracks like “Hide and Seek,” “Witness,” “Strawberry Moon,” and “Bomb Through the Breeze” showcased the versatility of the band’s sound, traversing through powerful guitar riffs, soulful melodies, and raw, unapologetic rock vibes.

One cannot help but be captivated by Wicklund’s stage presence and her undeniable vocal prowess. Her voice, a perfect blend of strength and vulnerability, commanded attention, effortlessly complementing the high-octane guitar work that defined the performance.

The audience was left craving more as the set concluded, and the collective sentiment echoed a consensus: Hannah Wicklund is a force to be reckoned with. Her band’s tight-knit chemistry and Wicklund’s magnetic stage persona make them an act worth witnessing live. For those yet to experience her live show, the resounding recommendation is simple: seize the opportunity to catch Hannah Wicklund when she graces a venue near you.

In just 20 minutes, Hannah Wicklund and her band left an indelible mark, leaving the crowd buzzing with excitement and eagerly anticipating her return to the stage.

setlist

  1. Hell in the Hallway
  2. Hide and Seek
  3. Witness
  4. Strawberry Moon
  5. Bomb Through the Breeze

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