I love country music – but I always feel very gifted when I am able to present you some other genres in my concert coverage on Flyctory.com. An absolute highlight of my blogging work so far has definitely been the possibility to have a look at the Tour Again 2022 tour by Milky Chance. One day after I had the opportunity to chat with the very friendly artists, they were on stage in my home town Cologne, supported by English artist Quarry. Here is my concert review.
Palladium – About The Venue
The Palladium is one of the largest venues in Cologne. The capacity is some 4,000 spectators. It is located in former industrial area in the borough of Mülheim. The E-Werk and the Carlswerk Victoria, two other popular places for concerts, are in walking distance. There is a bus stop right in front of the venue. You may also walk to other public transport connections.
Milky Chance & Quarry – About The Artists
MIlky Chance are a German pop act from Kassel. They started as a duo, but are nowadays rather a quartet. The band just had their tenth anniversary, The founding members Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch are still active, nowadays supported by multi-instrumentalist Antonio Greger and drummer Sebastian Schmidt. I just introduced you a bit closer to Clemens and Philipp in a Spotlight interview, which I did the day before the Cologne show.
The opener of the evening has been Quarry. The artist name of the English musician in fact comes from the job he originally had, at a quarry. Ash Carvell, blends hip hop and indie pop elements to a very unique and characteristic sound. He grew up in Tring Northwest of London. In 2021, he released a seven track album, which also contains the four million Spotify streams song Angels & Kings. His most recent 2022 single is Whatever Whatever.
Milky Chance – The Show
Right at 20:00 hrs, Quarry stepped on stage. Unfortunately, I missed the artist wearing a mirrored mask when entering the stage, as he took it off right thereafter. His stage outfit was really memorable – I would describe it as a rainbow-colored net onepiece. Even more memorable was Quarry’s performance, though. No matter whether he performed the more rhythmic and energetic track or slower and more intimate songs, Cologne liked it. His very special version of Torn (original by Natalie Imbruglia), which he performed on the keyboard, was definitely the most magical moment of the evening and gave he crowd the right mood to dance and with the Englishman to his Sound of your Summer. Quarry definitely won quite some Cologne hearts that evening, with a very versatile 30 minute set.
Roughly at 21:00 hrs, Milky Chance started their some 85 minute show. As Clemens pointed out later, the Palladium night with some 3,500 to 4,000 people was the largest audience show on their Tour Again 2022 trip. Synchronize, Ego and Blossom brought the crowd into the right mood as the first three songs. Songs like Cocoon (211 million streams on Spotify!) made the people sing along with the band. However, there were also very intimate moments in this evening full of rhythm and dance. One of them was an acoustic version of Scarlet Paintings (which Clemens pointed out has not been part of their rehearsals). They also presented two songs, which will be released on their 2023 album. Especially Frequency of Love, in which Philipp and Clemens sing in a duet style, was a great listen.
Another big moment of the album was when the band played their version of the Soft Cell classic Tainted Love, Fado and he Culture Club song Do You Really Want to Hurt Me in some sort of a long medley. The set concluded with the band’s greatest success, Stolen Dance. However, Milky Chance added three songs in the encore, Colorado, Running and Sweet Sun.
Milky Chance (18th November 2022, Cologne) – The Gallery
Here are 264 major size pictures of the show. They are located in the concert gallery:
Milky Chance – My View
Cologne enjoyed Quarry – and they loved to dance to Milky Chance. The German main act underlined their amazing versatility. There were some quiet moments in the Palladium, but also almost trance-alike sections when the people were just dancing on the floor and enjoying themselves. Milky Chance has created a unique sound and people love it. A very professional evening with a rather rich light show and a lot of fun – it is definitely a good option to buy a ticket when these guys are on stage (Remaining 2022 tour dates in my interview with them).
Concerts (All Around Cologne)