Hard-Fi Play Brixton Academy - 15th May 2006

It turned out to be a bit of a job getting there: as we get to Vauxhall station on the Victoria Line, it's announced that service has been suspended to Brixton, and so, with groans from all round, an entire train-load of people stream out of the station and try and all get on the same Number 2 bus (the driver all the while looking nervous, in case a riot broke out when it turned out he could only fit another 20 people on). Trying this for a while, but quickly giving up, Nosher and The Boy Phil get a taxi for the last few miles to the venue, but at least the cab takes us right to the entrance. Following a somewhat incongrous rap act, the legendary Billy "little bit of politics" Bragg takes to the stage and performs a suitably fierce set. Hard-Fi follow (after what seems like three hours) and don't disappoint the crowd by pretty much playing the entire "Stars of CCTV" album, with only a couple of new tracks thrown in for good measure (although I wasn't as keen on the guitar-only version of "Move on Now" as the original). A major highlight is the appearance of another total legend - Paul Weller - who plays "A Town Called Malice" with the band, and then guests for another number. After the gig, almost everyone seemed to be saying "wow, it was Paul f***** WELLER!!".

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Billy Bragg does his entire set under a single spotlight

Billy Bragg does his entire set under a single spotlight

Nice abstract shot as Billy Bragg takes his guitar off and leaves the stage

Nice abstract shot as Billy Bragg takes his guitar off and leaves the stage

Hard-Fi kick off their set. The background video throughout proves provocative and interesting

Hard-Fi kick off their set. The background video throughout proves provocative and interesting










A single spotlight for

A single spotlight for "Move on Now"

Paul Weller makes a guest appearance and sings

Paul Weller makes a guest appearance and sings "A Town Called Malice"

Note the symmetry of the hand in the air and on the screen

Note the symmetry of the hand in the air and on the screen

Paul Weller and Hard-Fi

Paul Weller and Hard-Fi

Paul Weller continues with a guest guitar spot on

Paul Weller continues with a guest guitar spot on "Stars of CCTV"



The end of the gig

The end of the gig

Grist for a Lingua-pedant's mill, seen at Liverpool Street Station: Saturday's what??!!

Grist for a Lingua-pedant's mill, seen at Liverpool Street Station: Saturday's what??!!

   
   
   
   
   

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