REVIEW: The Pigeon Detectives at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

It's no surprise that, after their triumphant performance at last year's Southsea Fest, Pigeon Detectives were swiftly booked in for a return match.

Wednesday, 15th March 2017, 11:59 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:59 am
Matt Bowman of The Pigeon Detectives at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea. PICTURE: Paul Windsor

Such is the band’s confidence that they open with new song Enemy Lines, but they then hit the ground running with the classic Emergency – and soon the sold-out venue is full of sweaty fans leaping around with joyous abandon.

Lead singer Matt Bowman skips around the stage like a shadow boxer, engaging the audience with aplomb, though sometimes his exuberance gets the better of him, as at one point he mistimes a leap and ends up in the security pit.

Along with the crowd, the band are in celebratory mood for drummer Jimmi Naylor’s birthday, in a room of raised hands and fans standing on each other shoulders.

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