whenyoung & The Ninth Wave at Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

On the 12th February, whenyoung performed at the iconic Birmingham venue Hare & Hounds. With support from The Ninth Wave, this is how that electric night unfolded.

The Support Act: The Ninth Wave

I had never heard of The Ninth Wave before the 12th, but oh boy am I in love with them now. The Ninth Wave are are a captivating indie band from Glasgow. They gleam with an 80’s post-punk and new wave style. The components of the band are as follows: the frontman Haydn Park-Patterson appeared on stage in a long tartan skirt – it was a strong look and one I very much approve of. He has the demeanor of new wave greats such as Marc Almond, Phillip Oakey and Robert Smith. His voice pulses through the room in a brilliantly haunting manner. Secondly, the band’s second vocalist Millie Kidd is effortlessly cool, bass in hand. Then there is the band’s energetic guitarist, Lewis Tollan. He was having the time of his life on-stage, and it showed. Along with the stunning synth accompaniment, these three powers combined to form the effortlessly stylish and talented The Ninth Wave – a force to be reckoned with.

The Ninth Wave
The Ninth Wave performing at Hare and Hounds in Birmingham.

On the night, they performed heart-pumping tracks such as ‘Half Pure,’ ‘New Kind of Ego’ and ‘Swallow Me’. Their shimmering pop sound shined and commanded the venue, full of bopping listeners. Their darkness was alluring, yet so was the power of their energy. They are an excellent live band, so I would sincerely recommend you see them live at some point.

On March 15th, the band released a new single, the introspective ‘Used to Be Yours’. Signed to Distiller Records, The Ninth Wave have announced that a 2-part album is on the way, named Infancy. The band will release both parts on the 26th April and 15th November respectively. I, for one, am very excited for this 2-part extravaganza.

The Ninth Wave
Frontman Haydn Park-Patterson performing with The Ninth Wave @ Hare and Hounds.

The Headline Act: whenyoung

Originally from Dublin, the London-based trio are making waves throughout the country with their energy, cool persona and wonderful music. After supporting the likes of The Vaccines, Peace and Blossoms in 2018, 2019 brought the band the first of many headline tours for the band.

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Lead vocalist Aoife Power performing with whenyoung @ Hare & Hounds.

Lead vocalist and bassist Aoife Power is one of the coolest musicians I have come across, commanding the stage with her amazing voice and spirit. The band’s guitarist Niall Burns also commands the stage with tremendous energy, jumping around in sheer guitar-strumming glee throughout. Andrew Flood, whenyoung’s drummer, also shines with this energy. All three members genuinely seem at home on stage – they look and sound brilliant live, which perfectly matches the great production on the tracks that have been released. This includes their most-recent track, the warmly-received ‘Never Let Go’.

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Guitarist Niall Burns performing with whenyoung @ Hare & Hounds.


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Drummer Andrew Flood @ Hare & Hounds.

On the night, the band performed tracks such as “Pretty Pure”, “Heaven on Earth” and “Never Let Go”. They also played tracks from their upcoming album, which the band will release later this year. I am so excited about this release, and if I were you, I would watch this space!

To check out the fun I had when interviewing whenyoung back in October, click here.

From Sophia with Love x 



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