Live Review: Muse at Manchester Arena [29th September 2023]

By John Hayhurst
By October 3, 2023 Live, Reviews

Tonight, Manchester Arena transformed into a sonic battleground as Muse took to the stage, delivering a jaw-dropping performance, they are well known for their electrifying shows and this was no exception.


Words and Photos – John Hayhurst


From the moment the lights dimmed and the thunderous applause echoed through the arena, it was evident that this was going to be a night to remember. Muse burst onto the stage with the explosive opener and title track of the album and tour “Will Of The People”, they are wearing masks and there is a fire logo burning behind the drumkit. This instantly sets the crowd’s adrenaline pumping. The dazzling light show, pyro, confetti and cutting-edge visuals intensified the experience, creating an immersive audio-visual spectacle that engulfed the audience.

Frontman Matt Bellamy’s vocals were nothing short of extraordinary. His range and power were on full display as he effortlessly hit high notes and belted out lyrics with unmatched passion. Bellamy’s guitar skills were equally impressive, with blistering solos and a signature style that brought the band’s music to life in a way that can only be experienced live.

The rhythm section of Chris Wolstenholme on bass and Dominic Howard on drums provided the backbone of Muse’s sound. Their chemistry on stage was palpable, driving the music forward with precision and intensity. Howard’s drumming was particularly noteworthy, displaying a dynamic range that kept the energy levels high throughout the night.

The standout moments of the evening were the band’s performance of their hit songs like “Time is Running Out” “Supermassive Black Hole,” and “Psycho” These songs had the entire arena singing along in unison, creating a sense of unity and euphoria among the diverse crowd.

The stage production was nothing short of spectacular. Elaborate set designs, lasers, pyrotechnics, and a massive runway down which Matt and Chris would frequently use. Each song was accompanied by its own unique visual theme, creating a multi-sensory experience that transcended the boundaries of a traditional rock concert.

Muse’s dedication to their craft and their audience was evident in every aspect of the show. They interacted with fans, showing their appreciation for the unwavering support they’ve received over the years. It was 25 years ago that they first played Manchester in a small club. The band’s enthusiasm and energy were infectious, and it was clear that they were enjoying every moment on stage as much as the audience.

As the final notes of “Knights of Cydonia” echoed through the arena, Muse left the stage, but the echoes of their performance will linger in the hearts and minds of everyone who was lucky enough to be there. This concert was not just a musical event; it was a sensory journey, a testament to Muse’s status as one of the world’s greatest live acts.

In conclusion, Muse’s concert in Manchester was a mind-blowing experience that showcased the band’s unparalleled talent, creativity, and showmanship. It was a night of pure musical magic that will be etched in the memories of fans for years to come. Muse proved once again that they are masters of their craft, and their live performances are not to be missed. If you ever get the chance to see them in concert, seize it without hesitation.