Review: Shed Seven, 02 Academy, Sheffield

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More than 2,000 people took a step back in time with a trip to Sheffield’s famous 90s nightclub Roxy – now the O2 Academy music venue – to see famous 90s’ indie-rockers Shed Seven.

And the York quintet did not disappoint as they ripped through a near two-hour greatest hits set packed with singalong anthems.

From the opening Let It Ride, the tempo never let it up as the band ripped through an impressive back catalogue of songs including Getting Better, Devil in Your Shoes,

Disco Down and On Standby.

Frontman Rick Witter belied his 41 years to prance around the stage like a youngish Mick Jagger, limbs flailing and mic swinging during the songs, before taking on a schoolmasterly role between tracks to admonish members of the crowd for talking when he was.

Audience participation was a key part of a memorable gig as individuals among the sweaty masses at the front were handed the mic to tunelessly wail and shout the chorus of Where Have You Been Tonight, before the whole crowd nearly took the roof off singing along to an impressive encore of Bully Boy and Chasing Rainbows.

Support came from another 90s Britpop icon in former The Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss, who warmed the audience up perfectly with a range of impressive new tunes and ’Tones classics such as Marblehead Johnson, interspersed with his special brand of self-deprecating humour.