Previewed: The LaFontaines at the Deaf Institute

Manchester gigs - The LaFontaines

Following the release of their third album, Junior, The LaFontaines are about to head out on a string of UK dates including Manchester’s Deaf Institute.

The tour follows a sold out run earlier in the year and a series of huge festival slots over the summer including opening the Radio 1 Dance Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival.

Junior marks The LaFontaines’ follow up to their 2017 release Common Problem and 2015 debut Class.  The album broke the group in to the Top 40, peaking at the number 33 spot, leading frontman Kerr Okan, to comment, “Life has changed so much since that day. I dread to think of the damage we’ve caused the planet as we haven’t traveled anywhere without the PJ since (private jet)…. In all honesty it’s not something we’ve spoke about much, as a group of people we don’t really tend to look back at what we’ve done, it’s more about what’s next and how we get there. That said, it’s class. For a band with our financial backing to even make a dent in the UK chart, let alone break into the top 40 is a massive achievement, and we cannot thank the fans of the band enough – you all played a total blinder, cheers troops!”

The album and live shows have seem them drawing comparisons with acts including Kasabian, The Streets, Twenty One Pilots and The Beastie Boys.  In fact, their live shows have lead to them developing quite a reputation for insane live performances.  As Kerr explains, “Live has and always will be our main priority – its where the band comes alive. We have the best possible time at every show we play, regardless of city or venue, and I think that translates to the crowd. That’s why we have that reputation. People can tell when something is genuine, when a band is being authentic and true to themselves. The most important part of a live show is to play to your audience, be present in the room.”

When do the LaFontaines headline at Manchester’s Deaf Institute?

The LaFontaines headline at the Deaf Institute, Manchester, on 2 October 2019.

Mark Kelly

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