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On Monday night, I went to the O2 Academy, Islington to see Sophie Ellis Bextor, supported by Sinead and the Dawnbreakers. This is Sophie’s first solo tour in over 3 years, so I was a little exited!

Sinead and the Dawnbreakers played an 8 song set including ‘Just A Ring’, ‘What Would I Do?’, ‘Yes Woman’ and their newest song ‘Down Your Gun’. They also played a fantastic cover of ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love?’ which had everyone singing along and clicking their fingers!

Sophie opened the show with ‘Dial My Number’ from her upcoming album which instantly got everyone dancing. She kept the high tempo going, following this with ‘Bittersweet’, which sounds even more incredible live than on record.

This lead into ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Me and My Imagination’, ‘Today The Sun’s On Us’ and we were treated to an outstanding performance ‘What Have We Started?’ which Sophie told us was her favorite track from her third album, ‘Trip The Light Fantastic’.

She then played ‘Starlight’, another new track from her upcoming album (which is sounding really beautiful) followed by an excellent cover of ‘Rebellion’ by Arcade Fire.

She followed this up with rare track ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’, and her latest trance single ‘Not Giving Up’.

We had a good bit of audience participation, singing the intro to ‘Get Over You’ and the chorus of her iconic anthem ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’ which was interjected with the chorus of ‘Sing It Back’.

She finished her main set with ‘Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)’, my soundtrack to summer 2009. The electrifying strobe lighting set the room alight, keeping everyone’s hands in the air, clapping along.

As always a fantastic show left us wanting more. And more we got, with an encore of ‘Revolution’ – another brand new track – and classics ‘Catch You’ and ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’.

What an amazing night! All of the new songs are sounding fabulous, the old ones are sounding better than ever and there was such a brilliant atmosphere. Great to have you back Sophie!

Speaking to Sophie after the show, she told me that her fourth studio album is due for release in the Spring and is again titled ‘Make A Scene’ after a brief name change to ‘Straight To The Heart’.

Check out Sophie Ellis Bextor and Sinead and the Dawnbreakers’ facebook pages, or follow @SophieEB and @thedawnbreakers on twitter.

(Photos courtesy of Tom Sharpe)

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On Friday night, I braved the snow and made it to the Norwich UEA to see Squeeze, supported by the Lightning Seeds… And it was well worth it!

The Lightning Seeds kicked off the show with favorites such as ‘Sugar Coated iceberg’, ‘Lucky You’ and ‘The Life Of Riley’.

Treating us to a 19 song setlist, Squeeze opened their set with ‘Black Coffee In Bed’ starting with the audience participation early on. They kept the hits coming with their classic ‘Take Me, I’m Yours’, followed by ‘Annie, Get Your Gun’ which set the room alight (quite literally, with the blinding lights!).

For me, the highlight of night was ‘Up The Junction’ which really got the audience going, and has always been my favorite Squeeze song. This was followed by ‘Labelled With Love’, the hugely up tempo ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Is That Love?’.

They finished their main set with fan favourites ‘Tempted’ and ‘Cool For Cats’.

And finally, we were given the icing on the cake with an encore of ‘Slap and Tickle’, ‘Another Nail In My Heart’ and ‘Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)’.

The small venue gave the gig an intimate feeling, adding to the atmosphere.

It was all together a fantastic night out, for the older generation a chance to relive past memories, and for the younger generation (such as myself) a wonderful opportunity to see a band who have influenced some of our most loved contemporary artists such as The Feeling and Lily Allen.

All the photos from the gig have been put on the Facebook page.

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