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Adam Ant triumphant return! Gig review


Adam Ant - Images by David Baird

Adam Ant made a triumphant return to Rock City last night, on his first UK tour in 15 years. An eager crowd waited, a buzz of excitement filled the air as fans of his early punk days and fans of his pop stardom waited side by side. He came onstage adorned in his gold detailed military jacket and feathered pirate hat; he'd gone full dandy and he most certainly did stand and deliver an amazing show.

Those of us in the crowd are instantly reminded that this star was the inspiration for costume designers for Johnny Depp on set for the Pirate's of The Caribbean movies; even some of the fans had adorned his signature white stripe in tribute.

The backing band - The good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse consisted of two drummers and beautifully voiced backing vocalist Georgie Baillie, whom had just wowed the crowd during her bands support slot (Georgie Girl & Her Poussez Posse). I remember hearing her soundcheck earlier in the day and being incredibly reminded of Patti Smith. Those of us with a good memory will remember this burlesque performer's Grandad being prank called by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross.

Adam Ant played nearly thirty songs throughout his set and included most of his big hits as well as playing early singles, b-sides & a host of album tracks - which pleased the entire diverse crowd. He initially set the tone for the show by opening with a lesser-known track which, I admit was unbeknown to me. However I am informed it was featured on the soundtrack to the punk movie Jubilee in 1978.

He played one new song to tremendous applause and even ripped open his shirt half way through the set, despite being 57 Adam Ant is most certainly still Prince Charming, owning the stage with unrivaled charisma, he is back and isn't going anywhere any time soon.

Professor Green show reviewed!


Professor Green - Images by David Baird

Professor Green's sold out show to an eagerly awaiting energetic crowd was quite a spectacle to behold. His first big hitting song that really got the crowd going was O My God from his debut album.

Commanding the stage he got the crowd pumping with hits new and old showcasing his talent and the true scope of his rapping ability, with him on stage was a male/female backing vocal duo and a band that were solid and tight throughout the night.

The show slowed down and went in a different direction as the Hackney rapper returned to his roots and was joined by other rappers on stage to battle, 8 mile style.

The three song encore causes everything from bras to hair extensions to be thrown on the stage and the crowd are still chanting the chorus to the last song of the evening 'Read All About It' as they exit the building.

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Enter Shikari Review! 25/10/11

Enter Shikari held the last gig of their UK tour dates, which has had them traveling around Europe in September, the UK and Ireland in October, at, of course, Rock City.

Within around ten minites of coming on stage, lead singer Rou, after already having clambered through the crowd and surfed about, climbed up onto the balcony and across to the sound booth which he then slid down and dived back into the crowd, Mental.

The crowd loved it. The crowd loved everything, every second of every song, the quiet words of wisdom between songs, bellowing lyrics so loudly that any other band might have been drowned out.

The atmosphere had been set from the start however, with Letlive and Your Demise putting on great shows - Letlive lead singer, Jason started the whole balcony climbing and crowd surfing, while Your Demise at one point were mockingly sexually abusing their friend dressed in a bear outfit.

Needless to say Enter Shikari rose to the challenge, not one person would have left disappointed, especially after they practically ended with Juggernauts and Ok, Time for plan B. Newer songs from album A Flash Flood of Colour still went down great, the progressed sound edging on Dubstep, goes to show that they will remain popular and these kind of crazy, amazing gigs with the, dare I say it, young and reckless fans are not set to become a thing of the past anytime soon.

Photography by Shaun Wootton

Check out this slideshow taken from Rock City house photographer David Baird's website below. To buy prints of this gig or any of his photo's please visit his website Here

Enter Shikari - Images by David Baird