HEAVEN 17 MUSIC IN THE BAY (CARDIFF JUNE 97) REVIEW BY ROBERT SOMMERVILLE
Me and my wife Julia traveled to Cardiff on a bleak Friday evening from Birmingham to see the one and only Heaven 17. We'd booked into a 4 star hotel seconds away from the venue. We rose early Saturday morning setting out to discover the sights of Cardiff bay.
|We arrived at the venue at approximately 11.30 am full of anticipation for the gig ahead. Heaven 17 were on the main stage at 6pm appearing between the now massive but then relatively unknown stereophonics and the supernaturals. After a brief wander round we headed for the on site bar. A few pints later we ventured out to listen to our first act of the day, my life story, Oasis cover band Oasish, and the second best act of the day Alisha'a Attic. We headed back to the bar for more liquid refreshment, but giving ourselves plenty of time to get to the front of the main stage for Heaven 17. |
The boys came on to a luke warm response from the crowd due to the fact that they were the only electronic band in a festival of entire guitar music. They kicked off their set with the awesome 'Fascist Groove Thang', then moved on to play all their old hits and new material from 'Bigger Than America' ie 'Freak', 'Electronic Prayer' and 'We Blame Love'. The crowd began to warm to this high energy set, Billie and Angie were in fine voice, Glenn and Martyn were starting to enjoy themselves, Ian looked pissed off the whole gig, though he did look the part.
The best was still to come, Glenn announced 'Penthouse And Pavement' in a 90's style, suddenly the crowd were up and dancing. 'Designing Heaven' kept the moment going, 'Temptation' took the crowd to an amazing climax with everyone singing along!!!!
Totally satisfied we went back to the bar for more beer already looking forward to the next time my favourite band play live again!!!!!
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