I'm not too bothered about missing the first support band, and from what I hear from those who did see them this is just as well. However, the next band is the rather brilliant Eureka Machines who I am determined not to miss. After sinking 'one more for the road' after my more sensible friends have already left for the show I arrive at The Forum and am in front of the stage about one minute before the band hit the stage.
PledgeMusic campaign which took off beyond all expectations. It's good to see this band on a bigger stage for a change - they really deserve it and I still maintain they are probably the best live band in the UK. Seriously.
And so to the headliners. A WiLDHEARTS show is always a highly anticipated event, but this one is extra-special; the band are doing a series of 'Earth Vs The Wildhearts' gigs where they are playing the whole of their classic first album. Needless to say, there is great excitement regarding this! This album is effectively the band's 'Appetite For Destruction' as this raw debut album contains many of the best songs of the band's career and was the only album recorded by what many regard as the 'classic' lineup of the band. Only Ginger and C.J. from that version of the Wildhearts remain in the current band, but regardless of that a lot of people are now saying the current lineup is actually the best. Ritch Battersby is now the longest serving Wildhearts drummer, and the enormously popular Jon 'Random' Poole is certainly the best bass player the band have had by a considerable margin - regardless of not appearing on the bands earlier albums.