Gig Photography and Review by Jason Broadhurst

The Wildhearts

It may surprise many to know that The Wildhearts debut album ‘Earth vs the Wildhearts’ came out in 1993, a massive 21 years ago. The band have since gone through various line-up changes, drug problems and break ups but each time they seem to have come back stronger. So the question is what can this reincarnation bring to the table?

Von Hertzen Brothers

Von Hertzen BrothersVon Hertzen Brothers

Support tonight comes in the form of Ginger’s brand new side project but the Von Hertzen Brothers. The finish brothers entertained the crowd with their blend of straight up rock n’ roll for about half an hour with songs from their fifth studio album ‘Nine Lives’.

The Wildhearts

The Wildhearts

With chants of “Ginger, Ginger, Ginger” spreading around the Academy, the band arrive onstage to a rousing reception. The band have what can only be described as an extremely loyal fanbase with them sticking with them through thick and thin. Bursting into the night with ‘Nothing Ever Changes but the Shoes’ they make quick work of the opening numbers before heading into the highlight of the set came when they launched through fast paced ‘Caffeine Bomb’ into personal favourite ‘Vanilla Radio’. Their charismatic frontman is well known for his crowd interaction and banter. So when he proceeded to explain how they released a record by the name of ‘The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed’ and how it was slated by not only by critics but even fans for being to poppy and mainstream. Luckily for them he said it left the true fans to which the Manchester crowd gladly responded with a cheer.

The Wildhearts

Returning for the an encore consisting of fan favourite ‘Geordie in Wonderland’ and ‘The Jackson Whites’ amongst cover versions of ‘Unsung’ and ‘Carmelita’ before finishing on the favourite ’29 x the Pain’.

The Wildhearts

The Wildhearts were simply brilliant yet again showing that their back catalogue is full of songs that connect with fans new and old.

The Wildhearts

The Wildhearts Setlist: Nothing Ever Changes but the Shoes // TV Tan // Nita Nitro // Sick of Drugs // Caffeine Bomb // Vanilla Radio // Someone That Won’t Let Me Go // The Revolution Will Be Televised // Mazel Tov Cocktail // My Baby Is a Headfuck // Suckerpunch // I Wanna Go Where the People Go Encore: Geordie in Wonderland // The Jackson Whites // The Only One // Nexus Icon // Tim Smith // Junkenstein // Unsung (Helmet cover) // You Took the Sunshine from New York // Carmelita (Warren Zevon cover) // 29 x the Pain

The Wildhearts

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