• Tina Sherwood

Skunk Anansie ‘breath-taking’ at Rock City

This was always going to be a night to celebrate for the audience at Rock City; 25 years on from their inception and with the release of an album baring the name of the tour, the unique Skunk Anansie’s influence was validated with a SOLD OUT show!

All words and images by Tina Sherwood, Rock Shotz Live Music Imaging.

A late change of support for this leg of the tour saw London duo, Nova Twins storm the stage and swamp an already eager audience with an innovative and ferociously exciting set which will surely impact on ticket sales for their return to the Beta Stage at Rock City on the 20th of this month.

The young band proved themselves a worthy opener and by the time the tape ignited for Firestarter, ready for the main event, Rock City was crammed with a suitably girdedassembly consisting of a demographic reflecting the longevity and sub-culture of fans of the headline act.

Kicking off with the epic Charlie Big Potato, Skin leapt into audience consciousness with a banshee wail, sporting an incredible oversized costume boa of industrial, crinkly glitzdraped around her neck and shoulders like a demon swathed in a sweet wrapper. As expected, she was mesmeric in every way! By song 3, All In The Name of Pity, she was in with the crowd,(now minus boa and dressed understatedly all in black) with DMs aloft being crowd surfed around the main body of Rock City as she has probably done numerous times before over the last quarter of a decade.

The set list was designed to showcase the band’s latest release, comprising of some of the best loved tracks from their 6 previous studio albums. Favourites such as ‘Weak’ and ‘Headonism’ brought a warmth of familiarity along with newer titles such as the dynamic ‘This Means War’ and, saved for part of the encore, the most recent single, ‘What You Do For Love.’ Instrumentally, they were as tight as they could possibly be.

The irony of the synchronicity of events happening in Westminster on this night leant even greater poignancy to the delivery of the band’s politically heavy numbers, leaving the audience feeling they were actively able to join with their own simultaneous protest during the emotive ‘Little Baby Swastikka.’

25 years on and Skunk Anansie remain as breath-taking as they have ever been, both musically and visually. It was one of those nights where I will always be proud to say ‘I was there!’