Inhaler Music Review: O2 Academy, Liverpool

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Written by: Danielle Burns

Format: Gig 

Genre: Indie 

Date: 12th of February 2020

Location: O2 Academy, Liverpool 

Dublin Quartet, Inhaler having recently completed a UK and European tour in 2019 as well as supporting Blossoms across the US, announced new dates for 2020, with the kickoff of their headline tour being in my home city, Liverpool at the O2 Academy. Although having not previously had this fab foursome on my radar I jumped at the chance to head to the O2 and see what they had to offer.


The set was opened with ‘We Have To Move On’ which has just been released as a follow up to their first single on the album, ‘ Ice Cream Sundae’. From the outset they had the crowd in the palm of their hand, with frontman Elijah Hewson paying tribute to Liverpool, in his words “our second home”. 

The night continued with further tracks from their debut album including ‘Falling in’ and ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’. Taking inspiration from the likes of The Stone Roses, Nirvana, New Order and Depeche Mode, the band say these sounds had an influence on the kind of music they wanted to make, but the sound is all Inhaler’s own; Indie-Rock with a melodic atmospheric vibe! they most certainly transcended the audience and gave them what they wanted. The atmosphere was electric!

Closing the set with ‘My Honest Face’ the band brought the house down, with revellers singing in unison. The band telling Liverpool they will of course be back to their second home once again.


Dubbed to be one of 2019’s most anticipated bands, it’s safe to say they have surpassed this expectation and now into 2020 this can only get bigger and better for this Irish Band, which is made up of Robert Keating, Ryan McMahon, Josh Jenkinson and Eli Hewson who is the son of U2 Frontman Bono. 

When asked about where the inspiration for their music comes from frontman Hewson states;

“ I’m just trying to write about the joy of being alive, being a teenager, and the bad things that can come with that. I don’t like it to be all  happy, I don’t like it to be all sad”

With the drop of the new video to ‘We Have To Move On’ and already being announced to play at Leeds and Reading Festival as well as Neighbourhood Weekender it’s clear these guys are in demand. Having already built up a loyal following, with over 8 million streams of their tracks, and the UK and Europe tour this year, I wish them continued success.


Inhaler’s tour is continuing across the UK and Europe and had the thumbs up from us here in Liverpool for their gig

Target Audience: 14+

Recommended: Yes

Overall Rating: 9.5/10- Classic 

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