Review: Shed Seven at Fibbers, York

They were never going to be the hardest of crowds that they had ever played in front of.

Tuesday, 28th November 2017, 9:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:12 pm
SHED HEAVEN: Shed Seven returned to their roots at Fibbers in York.

One of the great survivors of the halcyon days of Britpop, Shed Seven arrived on stage for the second of a brace of sell-out concerts with a swagger that they would have perfected way back in the dim and distant past of the mid-1990s.

And it was certainly justified after the group had stormed the top 10 with a first studio album in 16 years.

Rick Witter, still the consummate frontman despite suffering from a throat infection, played to the crowd, repeatedly reminding them of the chart success with Instant Pleasures debuting at number eight.

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And while the gigs in York kicked off the biggest tour that the band has undertaken in their 27-year history, this was an evening for rekindling a few memories too.

Just four new tracks were played, Nothing To Live Down and Room In My House book-ending the main set, with It’s Not Easy also featuring and Better Days starting the encore.

But the remainder of the 15-song set was a 90-minute dash through the band’s most memorable tracks from a back catalogue that boasts Disco Down, She Left Me On Friday – which segued into the instrumental section of The Stone Roses’ I Am The Resurrection – and Getting Better.

Witter’s son, Duke, took on lead vocals for Going For Gold after playing the support slot with his own band, Serotones. Ending with a mass singalong for Chasing Rainbows, it was always going to be a gig to reminisce, but Shed Seven still offer so much more than hazy recollections of past glories.