Gig review: Shed Seven and Inspiral Carpets at O2 Academy Leeds

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With the Inspiral Carpets playing an outstanding support set before Shed Seven came on to take centre stage, this night felt like Christmas had come early.

The Inspirals’ place in the old Madchester indie scene remains important, and they are on excellent form with sing-a-long classics like This is How It Feels.

This sets the tone nicely for the main show and Rick Witter and his pals certainly did not disappoint.

Then again, they never do.

Thus it was only to be expected that they should put on such a fine show which saw them give all their classics an airing.

Opening with the riotous She Left Me On Friday, the York band were in top form and the ageless Witter led from the front with plenty of good-humoured interaction with the adoring crowd.

Tracks such as Disco Down, Speakeasy, Ocean Pie and Going for Gold had the raucous crowd in raptures.

Finishing the main set with Parallel Lines, Shed Seven returned to deliver a rousing encore of Missing Out and Getting Better.

With Chasing Rainbows suitably ending the gig with confetti fired into the crowd, the whole evening had been one of those that makes you look forward to the next time you see them.

On this evidence, it cannot come soon enough.