Along with a new crop of bands like Cabbage, Hotel Lux and even support band tonight, Dublin’s Fontaines DC – I call them the Brexit generation – and there a lot of angry young people out there.
Think of those cheering on Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury, even for our own Stephen Morgan MP here in Portsmouth.
They are in the crowd tonight, and it’s a spirit also embodied five young men on stage playing as though they have nothing else and their lives aredepending on it.
Lead singer Charlie Steen, sporting a newly blonde crop and dark shades a la Lou Reed circa 1974, is still young enough to fit into his Scout shirt which I was not sure was an ironic gesture but I was impressed with the woodworking badge.
Bass player Josh Finerty is a veritable live-wire on stage, a la Wilko Johnson, running around like he was stepping on hot coals.
There’s so much energy on stage and in the crowd, it’s wonderful to see.
The frontman’s shirt comes off halfway through early single The Lick, and Steen launches one of several sojurns into the crowd, much to the delight of the seething moshpit.
Crowdsurfers are regularly crashing over the barrier keeping security busy tonight.
Exhausted and sweaty, the band bow out for the night looking forward to a quick return.
Victorious 2019 anyone?