Rat Boy at Albert Hall, Manchester: Review

RAT BOY is the project of young musician Jordan Cardy, a hip hop, indie rock artist from Essex. The 20-year-old was last in Manchester in May when RAT BOY played the Cathedral at Dot to Dot festival, now on his biggest headline tour, tonight at The Albert Hall, Manchester. It’s been a busy summer ‘16’ for RAT BOY playing most of the UK’s and European’s biggest festival’s. From the first signed single in 2015, the rise of RAT BOY continues.

Cardy is a true artist, producing and recording his own tracks and creating all his own album art. His band includes, Liam Haygarth (bass), Harry Todd (guitar) and Noah Booth (drums).

Even though the gig isn’t a sell out and the hall feels a little sparse there is still a very strong buzz in the air. The venue is full of teenagers raring to go. The stage comes to life with blue search lights taking over the Albert hall with police siren sounds. Cardy hits the stage, welcomed with screams from the crowd. Opening with newest release ‘Move’. The excitable crowd is bouncing with the biggest mosh pit The Albert Hall has ever seen.

Are you with me?” Essex boy Cardy greets his audience.

There is an impressive stage set which includes giant cigarette packs with ‘Smoking Kills’ and a car bonnet which creates a platform for band members to jump on.  As the gig progresses the stage changes color through each track and atmosphere picks up.

As the gig comes to the end, the musicians take a break from their instruments and RAT BOY and his gang jump around the stage wearing masks and throwing their water bottles into the crowd, they are having just as much fun as the raucous young crowd. “This is mad, thank you for coming” The cheeky attitude of Cardy.

Things get a little crazier for upbeat track ‘Sign On’ Cardy shouts to the crowd “Jump, jump, jump” and of course everyone in the crowd complies. It’s a sweaty Saturday night in the Albert Hall.

“One last song for you. Thanks for coming” Finishing off with most popular track ‘FAKE ID’.

The gig is high energy from start to finish, all a little chaotic however an impressive live performance. To fans of The Streets, Arctic Monkeys and Slaves and frontman Cardy sounding like an early Jamie T, Check him out!




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