Shed Seven Deliver A Nostalgic and Powerful Performance At Castlefield Bowl.

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Shed Seven roll back the years with their biggest headline gig.

Arriving at the venue 15 minutes before The Twang where due to open up the evenings proceedings, to find out that the band where on stage and well into their set, with very short notice all set times had been brought forward.

I did get the chance to watch them perform, “Either way” and the ever so catchy “Drinking in LA”. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of these Birmingham maestros in the not too distant future.

Next up Reverend and the Makers, once again they brought their A game, for those that have never had the pleasure and it is a pleasure, from the moment they bounce on stage until the moment they exit, they have the crowd singing dancing and endlessly bouncing from front to back from side to side. Jon McClure marshalls the crowd whilst the band lay down a highly polished performance, who can stay still when “Bassline” blasts out over 8.000 people, “Heavy weight Champion of the world”, sees a mass singalong, whilst “He Said He Loved Me” with Laura McClure blasting out the trumpet solo brought an infectious end to a wonderful set, surely the King of support acts.

On a glorious sun-soaked evening, as the 8.000 capacity crowd lap up the remaining few rays of the tropical Manchester weather, Shed Seven take to the stage, with what is probably their biggest head line gig ever.

Do you remember the 1990s? They were mental,” exclaims Shed Seven singer Rick Witter. Judging by the crowd’s response from the crowd it certainly seems they do!

The ever-popular Greatest Hits package the Sheds usually play on their tours is now shared with new material from their 2017 critically acclaimed Instant Pleasures LP – their first studio album in 16 years. The set list began with the anthemic Room in My House along with Older material like High Hopes and Ocean Pie seamlessly fits neatly, and often indistinguishably, alongside newer tracks like Butterfly on a Wheel. Keeping things feeling fresh, the band bring out a trio of brass players and some excellent backing vocalists, who bring a great dimension and texture to proceedings. People Will Talk, It’s Not Easy and Better Days add depth and quality to the set list.

8,000 fans blasted out old and new tracks, giving credence to how Instant Pleasures was critically well received. From the grassy embankment which was well used on a lovely summers evening to the people in prime position on the steps to the mass of fans stood in front of the stage it was a trip back in time, with a glimpse of the future.

Finishing the night with the bands signature tune, Chasing Rainbows could have been the safe bet but given that the crowd where still singing it long after the band had left the stage. Maybe it was the bands way of extending the 10.45 curfew……

Shed Seven deliver a style and brand of music that allows you to wallow in nostalgia, a comfort zone of being able to step off the treadmill of daily life and be absorbed into a couple of hours of great music from one of the Brit pop survivors, selling out the event is an achievement, and bodes well for the future.


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