Gig Review by Chadwick Jackson with Photography by Zoe Shannon

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Last night two of the heavy weights of Birmingham’s rich music heritage took to the stage for a special gig. It would have been heavily promoted not that it needed it, these are two bands that have travelled the length and breathe of the planet playing sell out world tours in the process they have captured hearts, minds and souls with their musical conquests.

UB40

UB40

Steele Pulse and UB40 were gracing the main room of O2 Academy in Birmingham. It was a sell-out gig pack from front to back with Brummies’ of all descriptions, demographic and ages.

UB40

UB40

Steele Pulse kicked off proceeding with a high intensity set, that really had the crowd going, and they were water tight and exceptional in every capacity. If only the crowd would reciprocate the energy, there were mild eruptions but it did not feel like a crowd that were truly feeling the energy of what was happening on stage. There lyrics still hitting chimes of the social problems of this world, profound lyrics making you ask questions about the world we live in.

UB40

UB40

I am sure it was not there intention but Steele Pulse, had set the bar so high, that UB40’s stage presence, sound and approach paled in comparison. UB40 consisted of a mixture originals, new faces and some significantly younger faces, clearly drafted in to replace old guards no longer present due to their well-documented long standing financial disputes.

UB40

UB40

Take nothing away from UB40’s performance they were good but my preference were with roots reggae. Steele Pulse felt more like an experience still trying to maintain the high standards of performance that their fans had become accustomed to over the years. UB40 did not venture out of third gear but is also attuned to their easy listening style that their legion of loyal fans appreciated over the years. Overall it was a well-attended gig that I am sure if on one more night there would be similar sorts of crowd. Both bands are highly regarded in these parts of the world.

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