Frank Turner, The Pavilion, Bath

Support tonight came from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, to be honest I think they’d be better suited to a 4 year old, rather than a 40-something year old. Not my thing at all, but they seemed to keep the hipsters happy,

Frank Turner was, as always, superb. Working through a nicely mixed set including old, new, and a few unreleased songs. The only downside was the heat. It was absolutely roasting in the venue with sweat running down the walls by the end of the night.

Try This at Home
If Ever I Stray
Losing Days
Out of Breath
The Road
Glory Hallelujah
Reasons Not to Be an Idiot
Get Better
I Am Disappeared
The Way I Tend to Be
Back in the Day (solo)
Wanderlust (solo)
Mittens
Wessex Boy
Photosynthesis
Plain Sailing Weather
Peggy Sang the Blues
Josephine
Recovery
Long Live the Queen

The Angel Islington (solo)
I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
I Still Believe
Four Simple Words

Frank Turner – The Pavilion, Bath

After a wander round the eating establishments of Bath trying to find somewhere that could fit us in, and getting served by a waiter who announce that his girlfriend had cheated on him with Frank Turner, we ended up in the queue to get in to the Pavilion feeling rather old.

First support band was Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun who had to put up with Frank Turner and others appearing on stage in animal/dinosaur costumes and joining in mid-way through a song. Next up was Tim Barry who seemed to only know one tune, and had to contend with a one-armed Elvis mannequin chasing him round the stage.

Then we came to the main act. Tonight was apparently gig number 1303 for Frank Turner, and the last night of the current tour hence the aforementioned tomfoolery. He raced through the first three songs before even saying hello, and the pace didn’t slow down much from there onwards. A few new songs were dotted through the evening, along with some really old ones resurrected for this evening.

I Am Disappeared
The Road
One Foot Before the other
Reasons Not to be an Idiot
Glory Hallelujah
Long Live the Queen
Plain Sailing Weather
Wessex Boy
Substitute
To Take You Home
The Real Damage (solo)
Casanova Lament (solo)
Isabel
I knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
Peggy Sang the Blues
Four Simple Words
Try This at Home
I Still Believe

Cowboy Chords (solo)
If I Ever Stray (solo -> band)
Photosynthesis
Dan’s Song

Then it was out in to the cold and time to walk home.

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – Cheese and Grain, Frome

Tonight I went to see Frank Turner, the first of two Beautiful Days warm-up gigs for me this week. A mixed crowd, some a lot older than me, but most were a lot lot younger.

Support came from Oxygen Thief, a shouty bloke from Bristol with an acoustic guitar, who was somewhat drowned out by the relentless chatter amongst the crowd who weren’t particularly interested in what was going on on the stage.

Frank Turner walked out on stage at 9:30 and headed into a song on his own before his backing band The Sleeping Souls joined in mid-song, and they carried on for a 90-minute set. There were a couple of new songs, a few sing-a-long songs, and even a dance-along song although I’m not sure how well that worked out. An excellent evening followed by chaos in the car park as everyone tried to leave at the same time.

Next up, New Model Army.

If I Ever Stray
The Road
Peggy Sang the Blues
Reasons Not to Be an Idiot
Glory Hallelujah
Wessex Boy
Substitute
The Real Damage
Tell Tale Signs
A Decent Cup of Tea
I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
I Am Disappeared
Long Live The Queen
Recovery
Sons of Liberty
One Foot Before the Other
Four Simple Words
Try This at Home
I Still Believe

Love Ire & Song
Photosynthesis