REVIEW: Lighthouse Family, Sheffield City Hall

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My son was just seven when he first got high on the Lighthouse Family.

We would play Lifted over and over in the car.

Some 15 years on, we were side by side in the City Hall, feeling that tug on hearts and spirits all over again.

Day Will Surely Come eased us into mellowness; we kept remembering as hits rolled in like waves - from the warm and lullingly rhythmic Postcards From Heaven and Lost In Space to the exhilaration of feel-good tempos and optimistic lyrics from Ocean Drive to High to Goodbye Heartbreak,

Lost In Space, Loving Every Minute... There’s a LF song that taps into a emotional point in everyone’s life.

“We wanted to write songs that would sound like sunshine coming out of the speakers; sort of urban hymns,” Paul Tucker, keyboardist and writing talent behind the Lighthouse Family, told fans who had waited seven years to see them again. And indeed, the concert felt like wall-to-wall summer.

But this is no tour-only reunion; it marked a new beginning, said Tunde, who formed the band with fellow Newcastle University student Paul in 1993. A new album deal has been signed with Sony.

Song of the night had to be Free - and the singalong encore was both moving and uplifting.

Though Lifted, our absolute-favourite, was the one that left us less moved - no fault of Tunde Baiyewu’s, though. The man with one of the most distinctive voices in pop was brilliant throughout - as was his nine-piece band, which includes Pitsmoor drummer Danny Cummings.

Jo Davison