You have to bounce when Sheffield indie rockers Reverend and The Makers come to party, writes Graham Walker.
It is not so much a request as an order, but 3,500 fans – most in a big mosh pit – were eager to oblige and jumped at every word from Jon ‘The Reverend’ McClure.
Jon squared up to the predominantly testosterone-fuelled football fan crowd at Doncaster Dome and beckoned them closer if they really wanted it.
They did. And they got it.
SLIDESHOW: Press the play button to see photos from the gig taken by Glenn Ashley.
Drummer Ryan Jenkinson and bassist Joe Carnall helped deliver the sermon and pumped up the crowd as Jon bashed out the hits with help from his glamorous and talented keyboard playing wife, Laura, and guitar minister Ed Cosens.
Baseline opened the service as the Tigger-bouncing crowd began to party like it was New Year’s Eve.
Christmas also came early with a sneak peak of songs from forthcoming album, Thirty Two, including the wonderfully witty Keyboard Warrior, a swipe at cowardly social media commenters.
The band, who must be seen live, are currently playing free gigs at fans’ houses to promote pre-orders. But showman Jon, with his Madness knees-up dancing and clever rapport, made even the Dome’s big hall feel as intimate.
The fabulous hour-long set included highlights Heavyweight Champion of the World and Silence Is Talking. Favourite bit was Jon and Ed’s acoustic Sex With The Ex and a dazzling Shine The Light – the public choice to be football’s FA Cup anthem, beating The Enemy.
Bragging rights were not mentioned as The Enemy followed the Rev on stage for the last hour, minus a five-minute sound problem which served only to turn up the crowd’s enthusiasm.
Highs included Be Somebody, Technodanceaphobic, We’ll Live and Die in These Towns and a cover of James hit, Sit Down.
In the adjacent Icebreaker Bar, indie rockers The Sherlocks – Bolton on Dearne brothers Brandon and Kieran Crook and Josh and Andy Davidson – built on their reputation, with thrashing guitars and melodic vocals, as one of the region’s next big things.
A credit to Lane Events promoter Steve Cowens, the mini indoor festival also featured John Lennon McCullagh, The Barristers, 48ks and Sabella.
* Reverend and the Makers play Sheffield O2 Academy on March 7. Tickets call or buy online at www.o2academysheffield.co.uk.
Pre-order forthcoming Reverend and the Makers album Thirty Two for exclusive items and a chance to win a gig in your home. Visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/reverendandthemakers.