Echo and the Bunnymen celebrate 40 years in Bournemouth

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Copyright: Echo & The Bunnymen, Ian Cheek Copyright: Echo & The Bunnymen, Ian Cheek

Lifelong fans had a trip down memory lane as 80s punk band Echo and the Bunnymen came to Bournemouth’s O2 arena on the 4th February.

Despite the band being over 40 years old they managed to keep the concert fresh and exciting as fans old and new came to see.

They opened with their classic hit ‘Going Up’ which was an instant hit for all those watching.

It only took a few songs for people of all ages to start dancing and to prove that when it comes to music age is just a number.

Lead singer Ian McCulloch barely took a breath to stop as he went from one song to the next getting the crowd even more excited.

Will Sergeant flawlessly executed all their guitar solos and added a great deal of depth to an already impressive concert. 

Will was inspired by rock bands from the Sixties such as The Doors, The Who and The Kinks. He has an eye for modern music too, having seen Irish punk band Fontaines D.C. perform live previously.

Ian McCullock and Will Sergeant have been in the band since it began and have headlined Glastonbury Festival multiple times at the height of their careers.

In the latter half many crowd members chanted and sang classics such as ‘Brussels is Dead’ and ‘The Cutter’. As the band reached their final song it was the encore that turned the gig from great to something truly special.

The crowd chanted “we want more” over and over until they came out to perform their biggest hits ‘lips like sugar’ and ‘The Killing Moon’ which were sung by nearly everyone in the arena.

After two exciting encores The Bunnymen called it a night and for long standing fans of their music it will be a night to remember.

Echo and the Bunnymen proved to Bournemouth that they are still no ‘has been’ band and they certainly don’t play for a ‘has been’ crowd.

The tour will continue across the UK in almost every major city in the country as they carry on their legacy.

To commemorate the 40 years, the tour has 40 more gigs ahead of them travelling from France to Pasadena California.