REVIEW: Reformed rockers impress in Sheffield

Space, led by frontman Tommy Scott, second from left, wowed a small crowd in Sheffield.
Space, led by frontman Tommy Scott, second from left, wowed a small crowd in Sheffield.
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REFORMED rockers Space put on a stunning show – albeit to a small crowd in Sheffield.

Playing to a two-thirds-full O2 Academy2 in Sheffield, the quintet rattled through a string of hits, as well as new tunes from their forthcoming release, Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab.

The Liverpool band, which enjoyed success in the late 1990s before splitting in 2005, reformed in 2011 and are back on the road playing to old fans and new.

And, led by bespectacled frontman Tommy Scott, the old spark is still there as they enjoyed plenty of banter with fans who lapped up classics such as Female of the Species, Neighbourhood and Avenging Angels, as well as more modern songs such as Crying on the Webcam, Guest List to Hell and She’s in Love With a Boy in a Body Bag.

The Ballad of Tom Jones, a number four hit in 1998 for Space and Catatonia lead singer Cerys Matthews, even saw Cerys rejoin the band on stage, albeit as a video beamed on to the back wall.

An encore of a Dark Clouds/La Bamba medley, followed by Drop Dead, culminated in Tommy jumping into the crowd in the 500-capacity venue – and there he remained until long after the show had finished, chatting to fans and posing for pictures.

It was a gig which will live long in the memory -it’s just a shame more people weren’t there to witness it.

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JON BALL