McFly performing their Power To Play Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Tuesday 21st November 2023.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

As the Village People’s YMCA blared out, the crowd went wild as McFly took to this smaller Rock City stage on Tuesday night. Known for selling out big Arena tours, they are performing at some smaller intimate venues in support of their seventh studio album, Power To Play.

Opening with two tracks from the new album, the electrifying Where Did All The Guitars Go? and a gripping performance of Land Of The Bees, it was evident that this album is arguably their most rock and roll to date.

After playing together for twenty years, one thing that has remained constant is the immaculate vocal harmony between front men Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones and Tuesday night was no exception. The other constant is the bands inability to keep still, as Fletcher runs from one side of the stage to the other, Jones commanded the central microphone, bassist Dougie Poynter just rocked whilst Harry Judd beat the hell out of the drums.

Delivering a set list that was a perfect mix of new tracks, mixed with nostalgic fans favourites had the crowd singing along. The bands thrilling new songs such as God Of Rock & Roll and Route 55 went down a treat as did I’m Fine, Shine On and main set closer Red. Whilst there was no Transylvania, they did treat the crowd to Corrupted, Lies, All About You and Too Close For Comfort which had the crowd singing the words right back at them.

After a brief interval they were back to deliver two more songs from their latest album, Forever’s Not Enough and Honey I’m Home before they brought the house down with their debut single Five Colours In Her Hair which the crowd adored.

What this gig served to show is that the chemistry between the McFly boys is absolutely infectious, that their live performances are just pure fun and whether it is a big Arena or a smaller venue, they certainly know how to deliver.