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Gossip live - Our review

Gossip live - Our review

Off to the Academy, Oxford Road, to see Gossip on their comeback tour to mark 10 years since the release of the album 'Music For Men'.

This is Gossip's first tour since 2007. Never seen them live before, so much anticipation as to what to expect. 

Gossip did not disappoint. Straight into it with the audience wild, lively and joyous at the sight of them.

The sound was crystal clear, drummer, guitarists and Beth Ditto' s powerful Diva voice all having centre stage, that wonderful combination of indie and dance vibe having an energising effect on everyone in the room. 

So much dancing and singing from the crowd, clearly knew every word of every song from the album and sang with absolute gusto. Great to see it. 

Lighting/effects were stunning, perfect with the sound and rhythm of the music. Found it very hard to stay still, every song had a great rhythm and beat. Total joy from start to finish. 

There was a short break towards the end, with a dress change for Ms Ditto, before an encore of 3 further songs.

Beth Ditto and the band clearly have a wonderful connection and bond with their fans, some were name checked on the night and 2 die hard fans were invited on stage at the end to sing with their heroine, which they did beautifully. 

A highlight for us was a storming version of George Michael's Careless Whisper. We had never heard it before and were captivated. 

Christine Ince for Canal St Online.

Published: 25-Jul-2019 (5499)

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