Wolf Alice at The Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN

Wolf Alice @ Cannery Ballroom, Nashville | Photo by Zach Birdsong

Three years removed from their last Music City show, Wolf Alice brought their powerful yet intimate Blue Weekend Tour to The Cannery Ballroom.

The night started with a nearly 30-minute set from Bria, formerly a member of Orville Peck’s backing band. Her performance featured a slew of rock and country covers with a melancholy twist. During her set, Bria put her twist on the tunes, which featured a dark and dreary sound. It worked to perfection with her raspy and sultry voice.  

It was her finale that captivated the Nashville audience, as she covered Marianne Faithfull’s “Why D’Ya Do It?” After playing the guitar for the majority of the night, Bria seized control of the microphone. The song features a seductive conversation between two parties, and Bria encapsulated and set the mood perfectly for that performance. It’s almost a shame that she chose to end her night with that track because she had the Music City crowd wanting more by the time she was through. 

Wolf Alice let the music talk for them during the majority of their 90-minute set. The English rockers were ready to rock from the second they walked on stage, as the opening guitar riffs of “Smile” came over the speakers. That opening track was a sign of what was to come, as Wolf Alice was there to kick some ass. 

While most of their set centered around their latest album, Blue Weekend, Wolf Alice made sure to pack their performance with some of their older tracks. They weren’t afraid to dive deeper into their discography early into the show, as fan-favorite “You’re A Germ” was the second tune on the setlist, which had the crowd rocking harder.  

Midway through the set, Wolf Alice hit a stride where they performed three of their slower songs from their latest album, which began with “Safe From Heartbreak (If You Never Fall In Love).” The set pace didn’t lose the audience as they were just as engaged as ever, singing along to each tune. 

It wasn’t long before Wolf Alice brought the energy in The Cannery Ballroom back up with their punk-rock performance of “Play the Greatest Hits.” The band was rocking so hard that lead singer Ellie Rowsell had her hair extensions fall out on stage. She quickly picked them up, held them in her hand before waving them around as she continued the performance. Following the track’s conclusion, Rowsell couldn’t help but laugh, asking the Nashville audience, “Have you ever seen anything like that?” 

The short and simple answer was no. However, it’s hard to say that there’s anything that encapsulates what a Wolf Alice show entails, as it’s nothing short of excitement. Before they exited the stage, Wolf Alice thanked the crowd for coming out and apologized for the delay in returning to Nashville. Here’s hoping it won’t be another three years before they return to Music City. 

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A current communications specialist with a background in journalism, where he served as a multiple award-winning newspaper editor, photographer and designer. In eight years, he received 18 awards from the Tennessee Press Association, the majority of which stems from his photography. He's also been fortunate enough to have had photos used by publications around the world including Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Today Show, Vanity Fair, Vogue Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and more.