The Wildhearts and Raging Speedhorn – 3rd August 2018 – The Plug Sheffield
By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)
You can’t beat a good road trip gig, and you can’t beat a good Wildhearts gig… so when the band announced a couple of their own shows in between their summer festival appearances and then a road trip down to Sheffield was a no-brainer!
Support band for the evening are the brilliantly named Raging Speedhorn, a band that have for some reason never crossed my radar despite their long history. That is something I will endeavour to put right in future though, as they put on a hell of a set. They may have possibly been a bit on the heavy side for some in the Wildhearts’ faithful, but the ferocity and precision of their set soon won over a good proportion of the crowd. Their impressive dual frontmen stalked the stage with ruthless intensity, while the band relentlessly delivered powerhouse riffs ranging from chaotically frantic to slow and doom-laden. Definitely a band worth checking out if you haven’t seen them before.
The Wildhearts were in awesome form, the band seeming to relish every moment of being on stage. Ginger was in particularly fine spirits, joking with the crowd and feeding off their energy and warmth. As always, the diehard crowd were in excellent voice and it seems you can always guarantee that there’s going to be party atmosphere at a Wildhearts gig.
As they did with their exceptional set at the Britrock Must Be Destroyed shows earlier in the year, the band decided to cram as many of their biggest songs into the setlist as possible (no mean feat given the quality of their back catalogue). Opening with Sick of Drugs and TV Tan, the band then stormed through a triple whammy of My Baby is a Headfuck, Suckerpunch and Caffeine Bomb. Bassist Danny McCormack took the lead vocals on Anthem, which was a very nice inclusion in the set, and The Revolution Will Be Televised from the self-titled ‘white’ album seems even more lyrically relevant to the world of 2018 than it was when it was first released a decade ago. This evening’s show had a celebratory vibe to it, and the crowd sang along with virtually every lyric from beginning to end, particularly in the singalong section of Weekend and Geordie in Wonderland.
The classic encore of Greetings From Shitsville, 29x The Pain and I Wanna Go Where the People Go was a great way to finish the night and made the long drive back to Newcastle worthwhile!
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen the Wildhearts live, but this gig was up there with the best of them. The band are tighter than ever before, and you get a sense that they’re genuinely enjoying every minute of playing live together again.
- Sick of Drugs
- TV Tan
- My Baby Is a Headfuck
- Caffeine Bomb
- Vanilla Radio
- Nothing Ever Changes But the Shoes
- Red Light Green Light
- Nita Nitro
- The Revolution Will Be Televised
- Weekend (Five Long Days)
- Geordie in Wonderland
- Love U ’til I Don’t
- Greetings From Shitsville
- 29 x the Pain
- I Wanna Go Where the People Go
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