LIVE REVIEW: Bryan Ferry, Sheffield City Hall

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Bryan Ferry has a tough job when it comes to satisfying a crowd.

He has a divided audience - those who cherish the otherworldly, glam adventures of Roxy Music’s first outings, and people who arrived at the party later on, when things became a little smoother.

But on his latest visit to the City Hall - 40 years since he first appeared at the venue - Ferry provided enough of both to keep everyone happy.

The tour follows The Jazz Age album, which revisits old songs in a 1920s style. So the night began with a smartly-dressed brass ensemble politely tackling the likes of The Bogus Man and Just Like You until Ferry, clad in an ornate floral smoking jacket, strode on with a more conventional backing band.

An eclectic setlist even took in the rarely-played When She Walks In The Room, while the 68-year-old seemed to be saving his voice before attempting bigger numbers, including A Song For Europe and Out Of The Blue, which conjured up the drama of Roxy in their early pomp.

A trio of Bob Dylan covers was maybe excessive, but no-one could argue with the closing gallop through Editions Of You.

A fine performance from a unique pop figure.