Two years ago, I first saw The Blinders play a tiny venue in Bolton, there was 20, maybe 30 people there, the atmosphere was intense, and the performance was in-your-face and unforgettable. I would have never imagined a band like this on a big stage, surely the energy wouldn’t work, how can you create the fierce intimacy between hundreds, possibly thousands of people? But, this weekend, they pulled it off with their biggest headline to date at The Ritz in Manchester, where the energy was even more concentrated in the prodigious room than it was when I first saw them at my little local venue.