REVIEW: The Script at the Brighton Centre

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I HAVE a sore throat this morning.

No, I’m not ill, this ailment is purely self-inflicted.

Last night (Wednesday, March 20), I saw The Script perform at the Brighton Centre, and I sang myself hoarse.

I’m unashamedly one of their biggest fans, but even those less obsessed with the Irish trio would have to admit the set list featured hit after amazing hit.

The band haven’t been to Brighton for two years, and it was clear the fans had missed them.

There wasn’t an empty seat or space on the floor, and the crowd lapped up every interaction, particularly from front man and heart-throb Danny O’Donoghue.

A moment of unintentional comedy came when they performed their second song of the night, We Cry.

Walking along the front row of the audience, Danny got several apparently tone-deaf fans to sing a line of the chorus back to him.

There were several excited shrieks, as well as some awful attempts at staying even in the vague melody of the song. But despite it hurting my ears, it made my sister and me giggle, so it was all good fun.

The show opened with Good Old Days, one of the tracks from their current album, #3.

We Cry came next, followed by one of their biggest hits, Breakeven.

Science and Faith, I’m Not Moving and If You Could See Me Now were next, by which point I was in my own little Script bubble.

Showcasing the fantastic live voice he has, Danny, also a judge on BBC1 singing contest The Voice, performed I’m Yours. Playing the guitar in a relatively pared-down version of the ballad, it was a rare moment of calm in the middle of the hit parade.

Before the Worst, If You Ever Come Back, Talk You Down, Nothing and Six Degrees of Separation rounded off proceedings, before the encore of You Won’t Feel a Thing and Hall of Fame ended a fantastic night of pop music at its best.

For details of upcoming gigs and events at the Brighton Centre, see www.brightoncentre.co.uk