Live review: Shed Seven and The Lottery Winners – O2 Academy Bristol, 27/03/22

Like most gigs at the moment, this was rescheduled from last year, when they should have been playing in Bristol for their traditional Shed-cember show. Although not at their normal time of year, it was still a blast of a show for everyone involved.

Opening the show was The Lottery Winners, and if you’ve seen any of my content from last year you’ll know I’m a big fan of this 4 piece. As always, they played an absolutely amazing set, and with Thom’s banter and their good tunes, I’m sure they went away with some new fans.

Their set was made even more special with an impromptu cover of My Hero, in memory of Taylor Hawkins.

Honestly, I could write a whole review of their set, this is one band that are seriously amazing and deserve all the recognition they can get, so if you haven’t heard of them yet, go check them out!

And after a short break and a change of set, it was on to the main act of the night. As always for Shed Seven, it was an all-out stage set up, with an awesome set of stage lights and effects.

Opening the show with Room In My House is always a good choice, and the crowd were with the band from the off, filling in the backing vocals and having a great time. And although the next two songs calmed down a touch, She Left Me On Friday got the crowd going once again, and they did not stop for the rest of the night.

Throughout the rest of the set we were treated to acoustic versions of hit songs, more crowd singalongs and even more good times. As it was a rescheduled gig, they weren’t expecting everyone to show up, but by my estimate it was pretty busy in there Sunday night.

Front man Rick even brought out the Birthday shout outs, and one shout out for a young lad who was at his first ever gig – hopefully the first of many to come!

The Heros saw the first big finish of the night, with the audience erupting and cheering at the end, followed by the classic walk-off-walk-on, and coming back for just two more songs.

Well, there would be no better ending than Disco Down followed by Chasing Rainbows. And with one last chord played and word sung, the crowd once again went wild for the band, after what was a truly wonderful show. These guys have been going for about thirty years as a band, but still rock out like they always have done and will continue to!

As always, I’d like to thank all the staff and security for making this night happen, and to The Lottery Winners and Shed Seven for putting on an awesome show!

Review and photos by Ted Stargatt for TrueStyleMusic

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