Paramore © Melanie Smith
Paramore © Melanie Smith

Paramore © Melanie Smith

Paramore| Bleached
O2 Apollo, Manchester
18th June 2017

Photographer Melanie Smith went along to capture American rock band Paramore at the sold out show in Manchester, in support of their latest release ‘After Laughter’, which has received critical acclaim in the press. It is the bands fifth studio album which has seen them put a pop twist on their sound, with influences from the 80’s.

It’s been a while since they visited the UK, and the anticipated and excitement was high from the morning of the show as a raft of fans queued outside in the baking hot sun hoping for the top spot at the rails. Yet a few of those later suffered even before the main band came on, as they appeared to be experiencing hydration to the point of almost passing out. Yes it was really, really hot.

First on stage was the fantastic Bleached band, a great opening act and certainly one to watch out for. Once Paramore started no-one was disappointed, from the word go it was all action and the crowd went wild as singer Hayley Williams sporting a siouxsie & the Banshees T shirt spun around the stage and guitarist Taylor York and drummer Zac Farro gave their all in a high powered performance in the sweltering venue. Wish you were here, I bet you do!

Paramore © Melanie Smith

Paramore © Melanie Smith

Paramore © Melanie Smith

Paramore © Melanie Smith

Paramore © Melanie Smith

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Told You So
That’s What You Get
Brick by Boring Brick
Still Into You
Caught in the Middle
Turn It Off
I Caught Myself
Hate to See Your Heart Break
Fake Happy
Rose-Colored Boy
Playing God
Ain’t It Fun
Misery Business

Scooby’s in the Back
Hard Times

You can find Paramore at their website Facebook and Twitter.

Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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Live reviews editor and head of photography: I can't imagine my life without music or photography, both go hand in hand and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, the early punk movement, drifting into the electronic 'new Romantic' era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. I am the official photographer for 'Louder Than Words' music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


  1. Tis a shame Bleached’s set was plagued by technical issues. The mics kept cutting out and you could barely hear them. Paramore were perfect though.


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