Now I'm home from work, I shall ramble on about it. I'll be honest, I was a tiny bit down on it to start with because I couldn't really see past all the people in front of me, and the people singing along near me were sometimes drowning out Thom's voice. As the show went on though, these gripes just became more and more insignificant: partly because people started singing along more just at the points where it made sense to do so ("for a minute there, I lost myself", natch) rather than belting out entire songs, and mainly because the music was just so good. The set was a decent mix of "the hits" that would resonate with the absolutely massive audience^, and the stuff that just works out well live due to rhythmic wickedness / them being able to improv-slash-fuck around a bit (I know people who aren't me slag off The King of Limbs, but I don't know how anyone can deny those songs don't kill live - 'Bloom' was a big highlight for me): I think they played one track from every album (save Pablo Honey).
It was pretty different to when I last saw them (again, in Manc, a surprising amount of years ago now), when they focused more on the more rhythmic, Krautrock-ish stuff (from what I remember) and it was nice to see all these myriad sides to them reflected in this set. As well as it being my second time seeing them, it was also my dad's second time seeing them - and he'd last seen them live just before The Bends was released, so it was definitely different to that, too.
Don't know if any of what I typed makes sense or is in any way worth reading, says the standard Manches disclaimer. A few stray observations as well:
Did anyone else see / wave at Johnny Marr standing up at the balcony on the way out?
Also on the balconies, a child started waving at the standing crowd as they left and a bunch of the audience managed to get him to do the Official Gene Simmons Satan-Based Rock And / Or Roll Gesture™ and to "dab".
Also on the subject of infants, one of the first things I saw in the standing area was a couple who had taken their baby, which baby was wearing ear protectors approximately the size of said baby's head.
^ on this note, I kind of like how Kid A has seemingly gone from being interpreted in reviews and whatnot (absolutely ludicrously and stupidly) as an attempt to troll the record-buying public, to being widely-renowned as a seminal album by how immense the cheers were before 'Everything In Its Right Place'.