The Lancashire Hotpots played 53 degrees Preston for the last time on Saturday night. I have seen them play here before and its always a great crowd heres how it went..
Young Rick had tickets in hand as we headed for a pre gig pint it was obvious that many others had the same idea. The place looked like a pigeon fanciers convention with flat caps as far as the eye could see. The fans of the band are really dedicated and there was an assortment of the bands brilliantly funny Tshirts on show.
53 degrees is a great venue I collected my pass and went to tell security what a great job they do and how I admired them also confirmed that the '3 songs and out of the photo pit' was really just guidance. I stashed my gear and prepared for the first act.
The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican. What a name and What a performance. The took the crowd from chatting about parched peas and ferrets to bouncing the floor to their version of Jump Around. I have to admit even though they are from the dark side (Yorkshire) I loved their performance. Have a look at their web site and check out their tracks on you tube, you will be humming "If I could punch face it would be Justin Biebers" all day!
The crowd were now well and truly up for it. The hot pots played great song after great song with crowd joining in for every one. They played all their classics complete with hat changes. They also introduced a new member of their family onto the stage to add fiddle to a couple of the tracks.
The conga consisted of most of the crowd and members of the band and snaked all around the venue. As well as numerous waist coat and flat cap wearers I was passed by all the members of the nativity scene!
Bernard Thresher slowed things down with a song called Carry you Home. It is a song about getting old and the importance of mates and loved ones. During the song I noticed a few couples move a bit closer and groups of mates nod in approval (we are from Lancashire and don't do emotion).
The silliness was soon back on track and I would challenge anyone not to giggle at Master baker song!
The Northern Anthem that is Chippy Tea was song in full force and is still a fame favourite of many.
It was also a slightly sad night as 53degrees will not be hosting bands next year and I would like to thank all the staff for looking after me so well at every visit.
Thanks to Young Rick for sorting out the night and also posing for photos with fans.
A big thanks to The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican for trying to change my view of Yorkshire folk.
A huge thanks to Lancashire Hotpots for the photo pass and another great performance.