Britpop stars Dodgy officially kicked off the build-up to Sheffield’s Mosborough Music Festival with an excellent show in the city.
The indie trio headlined the festival’s official warm-up show at Plug in the city centre – and did not disappoint.
It was the first show in Sheffield since the trio – frontman Nigel Clark, drummer Mathew Priest and guitarist Andy Miller – reformed in 2007 after nearly a decade apart and they marked it in style with a mix of crowd favourites and new tunes.
Hit singles including 1996 top-five smash Good Enough and 1995’s If You’re Thinking Of Me got the crowd singing along and, while the newer songs may not have had the same audience interaction – or even recognition – Shadows, from 2012 album Stand Upright In A Cool Place, and set-opener You Give Drugs A Bad Name showed the band still have what it takes.
However, despite the excellent musical performance, Dodgy’s set was almost overshadowed by support act Marquis Drive.
The indie-anthems cover band had the whole venue bouncing and singing as they created a real festival party atmosphere with performances of songs such as Oasis’ Don’t Look Back in Anger and The Stone Roses’ I Am The Resurrection.
Such was the buzz created, it would be tough for any band to follow and while Dodgy hit all the right notes, they just couldn’t lift the audience to the same heights.