27 June 2012

Elbow Live from Jodrell Bank - The Review

Elbow Live at Jodrell Bank

Elbow Live from Jodrell Bank - The Review

Only at Jodrell Bank would you find an array of live music and science displays all overlooked by the awe inspiring world famous, grade 1 listed telescope Lovell and on Saturday it was Elbow's turn to headline a sold out concert here.

With various artists performing prior to Elbow, including opening act, Willy Mason, whose country songs about love and life teamed with his rich deep vocals and slow southern drawl created quite the atmosphere from the grey skies. 

Lianne Le Havas created a more upbeat affair with some jazz and funk influenced numbers mixed in amongst a few songs about her ex boyfriend. She also performed some tracks from her new album, "Is Your Love Big Enough" including "They Could Be Wrong" which unfortunately saw her vocals being overpowered by the drums. All in all though it was a good set from a talented young singer whose personality and style flowed out over Jodrell Bank and brought a lot of enthusiatic cheers from the crowd.

Then we moved back to the sombre sets of country and acoustic again with Cherry Ghost, a male solo artist, who to be honest wasn't my thing, I'd had my fill of seriousness with Willy Mason, but the crowd seemed to appreciate his lyrics and to be fair, rich mellow vocals. 

Finally we had some lively funked out music courtesy of Field Music, whose opening number was very reminiscent of Elton Johns, "Benny and the Jets". They followed this with 80's electro pop style and indie guitar riffs a plenty throughout the set. Judging by the sound from these guys I'd have to say they were influenced by Peter Gabriel and Prince and the New Power Generation, especially from the lead singer.

Finally it was the highlight of the night, the legends that are Elbow, renowned for their live performances, so to say I was excited to see them was quite possibly the understatement of the year and they did not disappoint in slightest, even though the rain became pretty torrential, it didn't stop them and us "Jodrellites" having a brilliant time. With amazing musicians and lead singer Guy Garvey's fabulously clear, powerful vocals as well as exuding a massive personality and interacting with the crowd as much as possible, Elbow rocked Joodrell Bank to it's very core. With fireworks and images of the band on stage and various galaxies/planets being projected onto Lovell, while singing firm favourites, including "The Bones of You", "Build a Rocket Boys" which was dedicated to the inner child in all us Jodrellites and "Mirror Ball" which saw the giant disco ball light up the stage. The atmosphere and feeling in Jodrell Bank was second to none. This is definitely the best live band I'd seen in a very long time and will always remember the atmosphere that Elbow created. So thank you Elbow for a great time, this is one Jodrellite who will always remember it.

More Live From Jodrell Bank photos can be found HERE

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