Richard Hawley left us in no doubt.
He really loves Sheffield.
“Shefffield grooves. Full stop,” he said after the opening number Standing at the Sky’s Edge of his performance at Under The Big Top in Sheffield’s Graves Park.
And for 90 quite emotional minutes, Sheffield loved him back as his beautiful melodies and superlative guitar solos filled the big top and the park beyond on the summer’s loveliest evening.
Tonight the Streets Are Ours - a song that’s even featured on The Simpsons - received rapturous applause.
And the love kept flowing.
“Every day I thank God I was born in Sheffield,” Hawley told the adoring crowd.
The band were local lads - bassist from Neepsend and guitarist from Mosborough. “Mosborough’s finest guitarist, Mosborough’s only guitarist,” Hawley jokingly quipped.
The drummer, alas, hailed from Birmingham, but his dad was Sheffield born and bred. So he was fine. Despite his accent.