it's another of those 'free' gig when you by a band's new CD courtesy
of Rough Trade who normally host these things upstairs at their shop.
Clearly hosting the lively Vaccines crowd there wasn't deemed a good
idea. Which is why I am at Nottingham Trent Students Union aka The Level
for the first time since 2006 (The Automatic since you ask) and only
the second time since 1995 (Belly since you ask). It has had not so much
a refit as a rebuild since then e.g. it is brand new building.
The gig itself space is impressive, quite long and thin with a long stage and a good sound system. That the band with probably the most googled name on the planet, well what do you expect in a pandemic, is my second gig back after venues reopened and my first to be rammed full is perhaps fitting.
There is no support band (unless they were on really really early?) which sees everyone simply milling around for a considerable amount of time before the band come on at 9pm.
The opener is is quickly followed by the much more widely known favourites, 'I Can't Quit' and 'I Always Knew'. Cue even greater mayhem. They then intersperse material from the new album will plenty of other favourites along the way. As is the way these days multiple tracks from the new record have been trailed ahead of its release as 'singles' and tracks such the likes of 'Headphones Baby' and 'Jump Off the Top' are already well known by a lot of the crowd.
They are excellent as always. It's good to have them and music back.