Slow Readers Club – 9th March 2019 – Sunderland Independent
By Gav Wyatt (G.Wyatt photography)
I’ve never been to the Independent before so I didn’t quite know what to expect! This is a venue that has seen acts such as Kasabian, Glasvegas, The Zutons and The Maccabees play here so I was so surprised at how compact the room was.
I had arrived just as the support act were playing out their final tune and fought my way through a packed out crowd to as close to the front as possible, because it was so packed there was no access to the front of stage so taking photos was going to be challenging as I’m not the tallest of blokes, but I stayed in the crowd whilst the band completed their set up and enjoyed the crowd singing along in unison to The Smiths ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’ before the band coming onto the stage to Donna summers 12” version of ‘I Feel Love’ (one of my all time favourite tracks)
The band received an excellent welcome onto the stage from the crowd with chants of ‘Readers’ which was repeated at different intervals right through the set, Luckily I manage to get a spot to the side of the stage to get photos just after the opening track ‘Fool for your philosophy’
I’d never even heard of this band before tonight so I was amazed at how good they were, they have just gone full time and have spent many years perfecting their sound and performance and the crowd loved it, I could have quite easily closed my eyes and imagined myself deep in a crowd of thousands as the sun is setting on a summer day at a festival with the warm glow on the back of my neck and the crowd singing back anthemic tune after anthemic tune from the Readers.
Don’t get me wrong, the small venue and packed out crowd of the Independent played the perfect role on the night but I was staggered as to why I’m not watching them play in a bigger venue and I know they have played the odd big stage and festival, but if they keep doing what they are doing then I’m sure they will have invitations to appear on the festival scene flooding in.
- Fool For Your Philosophy
- Lives Never Known
- Start Again
- Lost Boys
- Forever in your Debt
- You opened up my heart
- Plant the Seed
- The Wait
- Block out the Sun
- Feet on Fire
- I saw a Hhost
- On the T.V.
Click a thumbnail to view fullscreen
View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library