Gig Review and Photography by Kate Snape

Hardcore Superstar

Just over 12 months since Swedish rockers Hardcore Superstar were last in the UK on their headlining tour, they are back again accompanied by UK rockband SKAM and Manchester’s very own Bollywood bhangra duo BONAFIDE. The headliners tonight are those glam rock pirates from Newcastle, The Quireboys, who together are on their Hard Rock Hell (HRH) tour around the UK.

Hardcore Superstar

Despite other dates on the tour being a complete sell out, the Ritz tonight is sadly not even at half its capacity. HCSS are running slightly late due to the previous band running over, the crew frantically get the stage ready before the room  plunges into darkness, the stage is pumped  full of dry ice and the band’s intro track begins.

Hardcore Superstar

Instantly front man Jocke Berg bursts onto the stage with an explosion of energy, calling to the crowd and rockin’ out to ‘Bad Company.’ There’s a few hardcore fans (myself included) that get right into the night, screaming every lyric, throwing their hands in the air and thrashing their hair all over, but many stony faces litter the unconvinced crowd.

Hardcore SuperstarHardcore Superstar

It’s 10 years since the band released their self titled album, HCSS, featuring some of their most loved and classic tracks. Jocke announces that they are celebrating the album on this tour before diving into ‘Cry your eyes out’ and ‘Bag on your head.’ Jocke throws himself around the stage in an energetic frenzy, before climbing up in front of drummer Adde and jumping off the raised podium. Towards the end of the track, Adde’s drums are taken over by one of the stage crew while he disappears to the side out of view, he soon returns with a tray of alcoholic drinks, (assuming Jaegermiester) and passes them to select members of the crowd. He returns behind his drums in time to raise a glass in true HCSS fashion for ‘Last call for alcohol’.

Hardcore Superstar

Next up are some more rock n roll party classics from the HCSS album, ‘Kick on the upperclass’ and everyone’s favourite, ‘Wildboys’ by this point the icy crowd has melted and are thoroughly enjoying what these guys have to offer. The connection and rapport between each band member is electric, proving that they love what they do and their friendship is just as strong as ever even after all this time.

Hardcore Superstar

Another homage to alcohol with the next song ‘moonshine’ from the 2010 ‘Split your lip’ album, before coming to a close with ‘We don’t celebrate Sunday’s anymore.’ By this point stage managers were approaching the band mid song tapping their watches and attempting to remove equipment from the stage, it was obvious that HCSS were not going anywhere until they had finished the set that they had come to play. Much to the manager’s disgust, Jocke announced to everyone that they were going to play one last track, the much loved, ‘Above the law.’  The band and crowd raised their middle fingers whilst screaming the lyrics at the top of their lungs, Adde, ever the rockstar continued to play his drums right until the end of the song, despite them being removed from him one by one until all he was left with was a bass and snare.

Hardcore Superstar

The band ever grateful to their loyal fans, all approached down stage to take their bow and thank everyone, meanwhile behind them the roadies had all dived in to remove all their kit as quickly as possible ready to make way for tonight’s headliners. A short but definitely not sweet set tonight from Hardcore Superstar, despite attempts to rush them off stage, these boys proved that nothing will stop them from rockin’ and rollin’.

Hardcore Superstar

Leave a Reply