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Shed Seven end their UK tour with a triumphant show at the Albert Hall. Before that, though, Keyside open proceedings. ‘Nikita’ gets the young Liverpool quartet underway, charming the away crowd with ‘Paris to Marseille’ and the unreleased ‘Down My Way’. Their tales of northern life hit home, with ‘Angeline’ – frontman Dan Parker’s favourite – leaving a lasting impression.
Anticipation grows throughout the changeover as fans sing along to Elton John’s ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’. This Saturday night is for celebrating Shed Seven. The crowd erupts as they launch into ‘Room in My House’, the lead track from 2017’s Instant Pleasures comeback album.
The floor of the packed-out venue groans under the weight of dancing forty-somethings, with Rick Witter’s lyrics bellowed back during ‘High Hopes’ and ‘Where Have You Been Tonight?’.
The classics keep coming. ‘Bully Boy’ and ‘On Standby’ from their timeless Going for Gold album follow its title track, which finds itself in a mashup with Elvis’s ‘Suspicious Minds’. In between, Rowetta from The Happy Mondays lends her distinctive vocal gusto to ‘In Ecstasy’, taken from their upcoming A Matter of Time LP.
‘Getting Better’ draws thunderous applause from the faithful, before an irresistible encore of ‘Starlings’, ‘Disco Down’, and ‘Chasing Rainbows’ closes out an outstanding night.
Shed Seven perform at Manchester Albert Hall.