Ash played at the Sheffield Leadmill on Tuesday 16th October, with support from Death by Unga Bunga.
Death by Unga Bunga were one of the most entertaining opening acts I had seen in a while, with non-stop energy throughout their set, while still performing great musically. Check them out if you can.
Northern Irish rock trio Ash performed a lengthy set, but at no point did they show any signs of drifting off, with even their new album tracks pleasing the crowd.
The earliest highlight for me came in the form of a blistering rendition of ‘Kung-Fu’, and the whole set was filled with hits, reminding me just how many they’ve had over the years, with the likes of ‘Oh Yeah’, ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Angel Interceptor’ all coming thick and fast in the first half of the set.
This tour is in support of their latest album, ‘Islands’, and while they did play a fair number of new tracks (6), they slotted in perfectly with their greatest hits and fan favourites, especially ‘Confessions In The Pool’ and ‘Did Your Love Burn Out’.
Ash put on a memorable performance, and the quality of the whole set is a real testament to just how good they still are. They seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage too, which is the most important thing.
Hooton Tennis Club played at the Leadmill in Sheffield on 1st November 2016. All Photos by Gunnar Mallon @ The Rocking Viking.
Opening for Hooton Tennis Club on the night were local band Oddity Road, who recently had a WYM Song of the day for their song ‘You’, which was one of the highlights of their set for me. Very energetic, great live and looking like they were very happy to be playing, the band were a great way to kick things off.
Next on the bill were Sweat. I found their set to be quite hit-and-miss, with some songs quickly becoming boring but others being enjoyable. The keyboardist in the group was brilliant though.
Having enjoyed Hooton Tennis Club’s debut album, and then liking their recent release ‘Big Box of Chocolates’ even more, I was very much looking forward to their show.
Playing a selection of tracks from their new album as well as their debut, the band gave the (undeservedly small) crowd at the Leadmill a great show. Katy Anne Bellis, another recent WYM song of the day, was a high point of their set, but there weren’t many low points. Other new album tracks like ‘Sit Like Ravi’ and ‘Bootcut Jimmy The G’ slotted in seamlessly alongside older tracks like ‘Jasper’ and ‘Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair.’
HTC finished off their set with ‘P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E’, the first song I ever heard from the band. Hopefully it won’t be the last one of theirs I see live.
Sunset Sons played at the Leadmill on 20th October with support from The Fletcher Jackson band and Jessarae.
Opening the night were the Fletcher Jackson Band, sounding like they belong somewhere in the 60s, but in the best possible way. Great, punchy songs that started the night off right.
Next on the bill was LA singer-songwriter Jessarae.
Jessarae was okay, with him and his band being good live musicians, but the songs being not up to that much. His cover of Sweet Disposition by the Temper Trap was nice, however.
By the time Sunset Sons were due to come on stage, the leadmill was packed, with many members of the crowd wearing shirts with ‘Sunset Sons very rarely say die’ on the front, that being the title of their debut album they are touring to support.
Having built their profile as a live band over the summer, including dates at Reading and Leeds festival on the Radio 1/NME Stage, I was excited to see what kind of show Sunset Sons would put on.
Kicking things off with ‘Medicine’, a track from an EP the band released last year, the crowd were immediately on their side; by the time they played ‘Tick Tock’, the Leadmill was bouncing along with frontman Rory Williams.
Playing most of the songs from their album, nobody in the Leadmill left disappointed, and I left a new fan of Sunset Sons.
This was The Crookes’ last show of their current UK tour, and it was a homecoming show at the Leadmill in Sheffield.
The support for the show was Misty Miller and her band, who played a selection of her songs from her previous EPs , and her upcoming album ‘The Whole Family Is Worried’, which is released on the 8th April. She also played a cover of the One Direction song Steal My Girl, which was a bit of a surprise. after which she stated ‘If you liked that, then you like One Direction.’
The Crookes are one of the hardest-working bands around, playing non-stop since the announcement of their latest album, Lucky Ones, and it definitely shows. The band are one of the tightest around, with each song sounding brilliant live, with even the newer tracks sounding like they have been playing them for years.
Highlights from the set included new hits The World Is Waiting and I Wanna Waste My Time On You, Ex-Lovers, during which Misty Miller returned to the stage to duet with George, and old favourite Backstreet Lovers, during which balloons were dropped on to the crowd, which resulted in the crowd becoming even more lively than before.
Balloons are released into the crowd.
Misty Miller joins The Crookes on stage for their song, Ex-Lovers.
The crowd was one of the most active that I had ever seen, with the security having to drag an increasing number of crowd surfers back to safety as the gig went on. Every single song was sung back by the crowd like it was a big fan favourite, and in that home crowd, the majority of them probably were.