Artist: Echo 42 Big Band
Venue: Jazz in the Spa, Boston Spa Village Hall
Something a little different for my 250th gig; stylish retro swing.
I’ve designed the monthly ‘Jazz in the Spa’ listings poster for over 23 years, so it’s always good to call in and see one of the bands in action.
Artist: Peter Hook & The Light
Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds
Substance [Live]: Continuing his quest to eventually play every Joy Division and New Order song live, ‘Hooky’ (& co.) played an epic gig featuring the ‘Substance’ (best of) albums of his former bands.
The fact that the band played the Joy Division set after the New Order tracks implies that Hook’s true loyalty lies with his earlier work – but what a choice to have. A substantial back catalogue indeed.
Artist: Pet Shop Boys
Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Incredibly, during a career spanning 31 years of pop perfection, Pet Shop Boys had never played live in Leeds – until now.
It was worth the wait, to see and hear decades of electronic anthems performed in spectacular style. Remixed and revamped for the modern day, with sensational lights and lasers.
Setlist: Inner Sanctum / Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) / The Pop Kids / In the Night / Burn / Love is a Bourgeois Construct / New York City Boy / Se A Vida É (That’s the Way Life is) / Love Comes Quickly / Love etc. / The Dictator Decides / Inside a Dream / West End Girls / Winner / Home and Dry / The Enigma / Vocal / The Sodom and Gomorrah Show / It’s a Sin / Left to My Own Devices / Go West // Domino Dancing / Always On My Mind / The Pop Kids (Reprise).
Artist: Dream Wife
Venue: Headrow House, Leeds
The rebirth of ‘girl power’ for Dream Wife’s first UK tour as a headline band.