Southsea turned a sea of green and white last night for the visit from Irish-American band Flogging Molly.
Not since the early days of The Pogues has there been a band that has captured the Celtic spirit and punk energy so well in a live performance.
The seven-piece band certainly know how to fill a stage with an infectious sound. There is plenty of the black stuff sloshing around on stage too and the crowd add to the party atmosphere with glorious rabble-rousing singalongs.
Lead singer Irish-born Dave King is a fine showman, who sings from the heart about issues few bands in the states are brave enough to tackle, namely job losses, social issues and the deteriorating national economy. This is especially evident during Don’t Shut It Down from the superb new album Speed of Darkness.
There are lighter moments too with the singer admitting to reaching the ‘Hawaii 5-0’ and, with a Ramones-style 1-2-3-4, he dedicates the track Selfish Man to himself.