Danny O And The Astrotones at The Festing Southsea REVIEW: '˜This is what real live music is about'

Forget your £100 ticket to watch a video screen at an arena, this is what real live music is about.

Tuesday, 13th November 2018, 12:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th November 2018, 4:37 pm
Danny O and The Astrotones at The Festing in Southsea, November 2018. Picture Paul Windsor

A packed, sold-out room above a spit-and-sawdust pub in deepest Southsea is the place to be as far as I am concerned.

Even better, the band's DJ is playing proper vinyl, a rockin' collection of wonderful rockabilly and rock'n'roll cuts that makes you realise why bands like The Cramps loved the genre so much.

The audience looked cool too '“ sharp tailored suits with the shirt collars just right and quiffs with not a hair out of place.

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Support band Gary 7 serve up the perfect appetiser of garage-rock instrumentals to warm up for the main act.

The amps and guitars may be vintage but Danny O and The Astrotones are anything but. Indeed, this young band have added a freshness and vitality to what sometimes, in my experience, can be a dated live experience.

Lead singer Danny Dawkins certainly has star quality, and reminded me of a young Chris Isaac of Wicked Game-fame. Equally at home with or without a guitar he is a natural performer and has a great rapport with the crowd.

Song themes are similar to to '˜50s bands, Teenage Obsolescence and Drinkin' On A School Night, but are delivered with a style, panache and exuberance that is really exciting.

Danny and the boys will be back at the Dockyard Club in March 2019, and are well worth a look.