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Review & Photos: VNV Nation in Cleveland




APRIL 12, 2024

By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications


VNV Nation has been an impactful force in the realm of underground electronic music since the late '90s and the demonstration of such influence continues more than two decades later, as was proved last night to a crowded House Of Blues in Cleveland. 


If it’s not VNV Irish mastermind Ronan Harris’ soothing, haunting vocals and sprechgesang, then it’s his electronic music (which combines wave genre elements of classic and modern dark dance with builds and breakdowns through catchy synthesizer hooks and ear pleasing hypnotic trance style effects) that captures the crowd to bring an emotionally charged live experience. 


Harris hyped the crowd up during each song, often lending the mic outward to engage fans while walking back and forth and dancing to the EBM (Electronic Body Movement) beat, performed by a live backing three-piece, with his right leg. Harris acknowledged that everyone might not know every song, but encouraged the crowd to still dance and just have fun, without their cell phones in hand. 


Fans indeed had fun as they danced, jumped and sang along for nearly two hours to about 20 songs and a double encore. The packed setlist couldn't have been better--popular tracks of the past ("Space & Time," "When Is The Future?," "Sentinel," "Primary," "Darkangel," "Control," "Resolution" and more) and newer songs from the artist’s 12th album Electric Sun, just released last year, were performed ("Wait," "Prophet," "Invictus" and more). 

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