Irish electronic rockers VNV Nation fired through a powerhouse set at The Shelter in Detroit on Friday, Sept. 22. The band is currently out on a special tour that finds them playing two of their most popular albums, Automatic and Empires, in their entirety.
VNV shows are all about the music and Friday's show was no different as they kicked out one track after another in pulse-pounding fashion with a dizzying array of lights. The band's blend of politically-charged lyrics with their pulsing industrial beats drew a packed, diverse crowd who swayed, pounded their fists and sang along throughout the evening.
Throughout the set, frontman Ronan Harris kept pumping up the crowd and making them laugh as he flew back and forth across the small stage.
The band kicked things off with "Arclight" and kept things rolling from there with fan favorites like "Space and Time", "Standing" and closer "Control" alongside a couple of tracks from their Burning Empires remix album including "Further".
VNV Nation returned to the stage for two separate two-song encores that included the fiery "Radio" and "Resolution" alongside the set highlight, a haunting performance of ballad "Nova".
All those who made it out for the sold-out show left feeling like they'd been a part of something special and Harris seemed blown away by the enthusiastic response that the band got from the Detroit crowd.