Midlake – Sheffield, 29 June 2010

I’ve wanted to see Midlake since I heard The Trials Of Van Occupanther. Now they’re following their Glastonbury performance with three U.K. dates so I’m seizing my chance to see them at The Leadmill despite only arriving back from Italy on the the morning of the show.

What makes the show even more appealing is the appearance as support act of John Grant. He has a CD out, called ‘Queen of Denmark’, that is, even this early in the year, shaping up to be my album of 2010. His songs have great tunes with sardonic lyrics that examine failing relationships. Tonight he performs a thirty minutes set comprising songs from the album. They’re all excellent but the one that sticks in my head is Sigourney Weaver. I’m looking forward to seeing him again and hopefully soon.

Midlake are all I hoped they would be! The seven piece ease themselves into the show, steadily grab hold of the audience and don’t let go until they leave the stage 90 minutes later. An amalgam of many styles, from baroque folk to Americana via Southern Californian soft rock, they’re the first band I remember seeing playing flutes since I saw Jethro Tull in 1971! Tracks played include Van Occupanther, Roscoe and The Courage of Others.

Midlake obviously love playing live and it was well worth the wait to finally see them.

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