Review: Reverend And The Makers at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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Only one word is needed to describe this gig; fantastic.

Opened by Asylums, the crowd took a little while to warm up, but by their third song the band had everyone nodding to the incredible bass and lead guitar.

The crowd muttered in pleasant surprise at a support act they would definitely see as a headline act.

When Reverend and The Makers came on stage the anticipation was high – and they delivered.

With a sound fans of Arctic Monkeys or Oasis would fall down to their knees for, they dominated the stage.

All five band members threw themselves into the performance.

The energy was perfect and soon they had the crowd engaged and joining in.

With a touching tribute to the disaster in Paris and nods to some of the greats including The Specials, the set list was exceptionally well chosen.

With constant requests for the crowd to ‘Bounce’ and ‘Show us your palms’, they transfixed us with a heart-pounding beat.

The Reverend himself, with his unique voice, joined everyone on the streets to continue the gig before bidding us all goodnight.

And a good night it was indeed.The Sheffield-born band may well have found itself a welcome home in Portsmouth’s Albert Road this Tuesday night.