Arriving at the venue around 7.30 in order to catch the support (Low Hummer) I had some trepidation about my first indoor gig post covid. Would their be a reduction on the audience size? (no), would everyone be wearing masks? (no). I guess there’s a point where you just have to get on with it. At least the door staff were pretty rigorous checking that everyone had been double jabbed or proof of a negative test. Although, I’m not sure if they were as rigorous once the queue size grew more than the 20 people that were walking up at 7.30. Anyway in we go……
Decided to get up on the moors near where I live and have a look around. On one side you have Saltaire on the other there’s Leeds Bradford airport. There was quite a bit going on and managed to capture some of it including a pub crawl bus on it’s way to Glen House pub nearby and someone flying an advertising banner over Leeds.
Having first seen the Manics 25 years ago at Leeds Town and Country Club (just over the road). I was feeling a little nostalgic and pretty old! Bit of an unusual setlist “Horses Under Starlight”, “Forever Delayed” etc but plenty of classics thrown in. An acoustic “Stay Beautiful” sounding great (if a little nostalgic) with the crowd joining in with the “why don’t you just…FUCK OFF” to which James Dean Bradfield comments “How childish were we?!” very, did we ever grow up?