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Noah and the Whale, O2 Academy

THERE are not many gigs where even the roadies are so smart they wear sharp suits and bowler hats - least of all at a performance by a band still known as a folk act.

But Noah and the Whale have travelled a long way since they appeared onto the scene five years ago, as part of the wave of ‘new folk’. Those travels have taken them away from their folk roots, in a new radio-friendly, poppy, upbeat direction. And they have, frequently, brought them to Sheffield.

“We always love coming to Sheffield,” frontman Charlie Fink, also dressed in a smart three-piece suit - told the sold-out audience.

“You guys are not afraid to let your feelings known and make some noise.”

Tonight the people making that noise seem predominately to be teenage girls - and they are making a lot of it, screaming through hits such as Tonight’s The Kind of Night.

Fink laps up the attention, strutting across the stage as he drawls the lyrics, slowly removing items from his smart attire, until he is left in rolled-up shirt sleeves.

As the band launch into their encore - the very apt First Days of Spring - and Fink removes his tie, the girls at the front let out another scream.

Ben SpEncer