Reef @ O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK – 20th April 2010

Posted by Zak Edwards on Tuesday Apr 20, 2010 Under Indie, Rock


Ladies up and down the country clamour to obtain the miracle anti aging cream that Gary Stringer and the boys from Reef have evidently using during their self imposed hiatus from the music scene for the past 7 years…
A spokesman for the band refused to comment on the boys lack of aging, although reports are now in that they have been adopting some vehicular method of cheating the space/time continuum. Evidently this vehicle must have been a 3 seater, as the aging process has been a little less kind to the Bass player Jack Bessant.
It was 12 years ago, last decade, nay, last millennium when I last saw Reef. I, along with many “Reefites” from the halcyon days of Brit pop (who doesn’t remember “It’s your letters”) were disappointed that the group fell from grace with little more than a whimper in the early noughties after promising sooooo much. I have to say I was also a little pensive/sceptical as to their “comeback” and how it would go. Don’t get me wrong. Some bands absolutely ‘nail’ their comeback tour – ala’ ‘The Happy Monday V Festival 2009, whilst other artists (ahem… WHITNEY!) don’t quite hit the spot with their return to the live music scene.
One word, and one word only describes the Reef comeback…


Admittedly other superlatives, such as ‘awesome’, ‘tight as a gnats chuff’ and ‘truly great’ can be used, but one thing was certain from the moment the opening chord to ‘Feed Me’ was strummed, Reef weren’t there just for a jolly, they were there to deliver a musical performance reminiscent to the same intensity and quality they became reknowned for in the 90’s.
There’s no need to reel off all of the tunes they played, as the band performed for approximately 2 hours playing 23 songs, belted out all of their greats from “Place your Hands” through to the gorgeous “I’ve Got Something to Say”.
“It’s like they’ve never been away” more than one punter echoed and I can truly say that they performed like a band that have been touring for years, not one that only hit the rehearsal studios a couple of weeks ago.
The fans in the packed out Academy played their part too, singing along at all the prevelant points, much to the obvious delight to the visibly beaming Stringer et al.

Those who were there will tell you it was a truly awe inspiring gig, not to be forgotten. Let’s hope it acts a springboard for a more permanent forray into the World of music for the boys from Glastonbury.
Words by Zak Edwards
Photography by Bianca Barrett

4 Responses to “Reef @ O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK – 20th April 2010”

  1. Wayne Says:

    Crikey, that’s amazing! Lovely photies BB :o)

  2. Izzy Says:

    Fantastic photos to accompany a GLOWing review! What a great night, the freakishly youthful Reef are back, and I couldn’t be happier…

  3. Ali Rooke Says:

    It was truly awesome, 7th time i’ve seen Reef live – and it was as good as any, if not better!! Me and friends reverted back to the Reef groupies we were back in the day – amazing!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

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