Wednesday, 4 May 2016

SKAM and Massive Wagons, Off Yer Rocka On The Road Tour, Leicester O2 Academy 2, 28th April 2016

It's shocking to think that it's now May and I've only just shot my first gig of year. Having had a pretty bad spell of vertigo since around Christmas, I've missed out on photographing some of my favourite bands and it's only been in the last couple of months that the dizziness has eased and I don't constantly feel like I'm going to fall over

After battling some horrendous traffic on the way into Leicester, we arrived at the venue just as Screaming Eagles were finishing their explosive set. I've been wanting to see the Northern Irish band for a couple of years now, and even few songs I saw proved worth the wait.  In between taking swigs from  a bottle of Buckfast (mon the Bucky!) charismatic frontman Chris Fry, had the audience in the palm of his hand as he conducted joyful sing-a-longs to songs such as "Rock N Roll Soul." 

Massive Wagons launched into their set with a ferocity much like being hit in the face with a shovel. Lead by hyperactive showman Baz Mills, the band aired some tracks from new album "Welcome To 
The World," which was released the following day, with riffs as infectious as their grins onstage. 

The lighting for SKAM was horrendous for at least the first three numbers and was hit and miss for the rest of the set, not that anyone apart from the photographers would have noticed. Bouyed by their hometown crowd, SKAM gave us a high-octane show and debuted four songs from their upcoming concept album.

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Massive Wagons