Live Music: The Pretty Reckless prove vociferous in Manchester

Photos and thoughts from the closing night of the Reckless' UK tour at the O2 Ritz


The Pretty Reckless rolled into Manchester last night for a vociferous sell-out show.

They rocked the O2 Ritz on the closing date of their UK tour, the latest leg of a worldly live sprawl with third album Who You Selling For.

Taylor Momsen is the quintessential rock frontwoman, and theatrically chatted with the crowd between tracks, calling Manchester one of her favourite cities.

The highlights of their set often came from first album Light Me Up, including the title track.

Make Me Wanna Die – their breakthrough debut single and still perhaps their most famous – had the crowd boisterously singing along when it appeared early on.

The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen on stage at the O2 Ritz
The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen on stage at the O2 Ritz in Manchester on 24 January 2017. Photo: Katy

And Heaven Knows, Going To Hell and Take Me Down were a popular conclusion to the Reckless’ set, before an encore of Fucked Up World, complete with extended drum solo from Jamie Perkins.

Opening for The Pretty Reckless was The Cruel Knives, a new band playing their first ever shows, borne of Heaven’s Basement.

Their vocalist told of being kicked out of the O2 Ritz on his 21st birthday – he’s “technically still barred” – and their arena rock sound suggests plenty of promise to come.

The Pretty Reckless’ set list: Follow Me Down, Since You’re Gone, Oh My God, Hangman, Make Me Wanna Die, My Medicine, Prisoner, Sweet Things, Light Me Up, Who You Selling For, Just Tonight, Living in the Storm, Heaven Knows, Going to Hell, Take Me Down, Fucked Up World

Check out Katy’s photos from The Pretty Reckless’ set:

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