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30531566_2177367579161249_6193948491350278144_n 30594963_2177367732494567_8094346909944119296_nLIVE REVIEW:THE STRANGLERS &THERAPY BELFAST ULSTER HALL 06/04/2018


A crammed Belfast Ulster Hall was treated to a night to remember as The Stranglers delivered a jam-packed set on Friday night as part of their definitive tour. With support from local lads Therapy?, revellers were guaranteed to be blown away.

As the show got under way, Therapy? raised the tempo as they thrust into “Isolation”. Lead-singer Andy Cairns greeted the Belfast crowd, “We’re Therapy?, and we’re from East Antrim. Are you ready to make some noise!?” before he urged the audience to help celebrate drummer Neil Cooper’s birthday and encouraged him to “drum like a motherfucker”, which was chanted en masse from charged onlookers. A set, laden with hits from the band’s 1994 record “Troublegum”, accompanied by penetrating basslines from the “evil priest himself”, Michael McKeegan, Therapy? were a pumped, energetic opening for the headline act.

As they entered to the iconic “Waltz in Black”, The Stranglers kept up the momentum with front man Baz Warne, welcoming the crowd as he acknowledged the re-schedule, due to the weather, last month, “That’s snow business, but we’re no flakes”, he smirked, “Thanks for coming back to see us!” before he continued with the punching set. As attendees hung on every note, chord, and beat, the four-piece blasted through with favourites including “Peaches”, “Golden Brown”, and “Always the Sun”, it was JJ Burnel’s pounding bass that took centre stage. Warne was quick to notice a waning concert goer amongst the euphoria, as he asked, “Are you having a good time, madame?” before continuing into a powerful 30124548_2175631699334837_2194172613977178112_nrendition of “Walk on By” noting, “This one’s for you.”

Eighteen years, to the day, since Baz Warne became the voice of the new wave punk rockers, they finished with “No More Heroes” in front of a buzzing Belfast throng proving it was worth it. The Definitive Tour continues with further dates in Ireland, the UK, and Europe throughout 2018.

30515832_2177368035827870_6785670430687494144_oReview by :Colleen Marie

Photography: Darren Mcveigh