So this was one of the gigs I was looking forward to this summer, two bands that I like from Northern England (one of my old stomping grounds). Old Mancunian stalwarts Happy Mondays who have reformed (again) and Sheffield’s Reverend and the Makers, who for reasons unknown, I hadn’t got round to seeing before. The night starts off well – every record that DJ Colin Peters plays I know (which makes a change). And it gets better, as I hear ‘Groove is in the Heart’ by Dee Lite emanating from the speakers, which always makes me want to dance. I predict a lot of dancing tonight!
Reverend and the Makers take to the stage at 9.15pm with ‘Bassline’, which sets the tone for the rest of the set nicely. There’s a reasonable sized crowd dispersed around the venue, but John McClure does a great job to get everyone to move forward to the stage, saying, “Who’s up for it? Who’s up for it?” – I like his ‘direct’ Northern style.
At the end of the song he borrows our very own @blogibiza’s camera to take photo of the audience, getting everyone to move in closer still. The photo here of the audience is the one that John took.
In between the bassy, funky, guitar-laden tunes, we get more banter and sarcastic comments from John, who also finds out that there are a lot of Northerners in the crowd, from Sheffield, Nottingham and especially Manchester (no surprise there).
For me ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ is the song of the night, not that it’s necessarily better than any of the others, but I just love it, and it’s made even more dramatic with the accompanying light show. It’s a great anthemic song, and is great to hear live. They end with ‘Silence is Talking’, which includes a riff from War’s ‘Low Rider’ played on a trumpet by John’s wife Laura. I like that a lot, and decide that I really must get some more of their music.
Video of ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World': http://youtu.be/DspbXctH1yE
Reverend and the Makers played:
Open Your Window
Warts ‘n’ All
State of Things
Shine a Light
Heavyweight Champion of the World
Out of the Shadows
He Said He Loved Me
Silence is Talking
Thanks to Reverend and the Makers and DJ Simon Guirao we’re all ready to dance by the time Happy Mondays take to the stage with the reformed, original lineup of the band.
Bez appears onstage introduces the band, saying that it’s exactly 22 years to the day that they played in Ibiza at the Ku Club. He then leaves the stage to the band and Rowetta launching into ‘Loose Fit’, with frontman Shaun Ryder joining them later on through the song. Next is ‘Kinky Afro’, and Bez joins them onstage to dance manically at the front in his imitable style, but promptly disappears again at the end of the song.
When Bez isn’t onstage, Rowetta keeps the dancing going at the front when she’s not singing at the mic. She informs us that it’s Sean’s 50th birthday tomorrow, and leads us all into singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him, who seems a little non-plussed about it all. The set is a little short if anything, and is missing a few favourite tunes. Rowetta comes and goes, leaving Shaun alone to sing, and a somewhat empty hole on the stage. Bez returns to the stage for ‘Step On’, which turns out to be the last in the set.
I’m down among the crowd dancing along for most of the gig, but I found the whole performance a bit lack-luster, only lifted by Rowetta’s presence and stunning vocals, and the rare treat of Bez doing his thing. But it was a great double bill, and Ibiza Rocks saw a lot more dancing (as opposed to jumping) than it has in recent weeks.
After the gig we went off to the private after-party at Pikes Hotel. One of our favourite places on the island. It ended up as usual being a long night but we had a great time having long chats with our good friend Jon McClure from the revs and also Bez and Rowetta turned up and happily chatted and have photos taken.
Video clip of Kinky Afro: http://youtu.be/77FQ_RCLUjI
Happy Mondays played:
Dennis and Lois
24 Hour Party People
Bob’s Yer Uncle
Reverand and the Makers
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