Live Review – Little Man Tate – o2 Institute Birmingham 20.10.23

Little Man Tate performed to an up-for-it Birmingham crowd despite Storm Babet almost causing the gig to be canceled due to travel delays and flooding at the venue!
A short delay to doors opening and a long 5-hour trip for the Sheffield lads to get to Birmingham. The night was opened by Coventry band The Institutes. The local boys put on a good show, despite the Friday night travel issues slowing down the people inside the venue.

These guys have worked hard on the live circuit, and their debut album from 2021 is a great listen and a perfect introduction to the band.

Following a brief interval the venue was starting to look quite full for the start of the Shambolics –

The Scottish rockers, who caught the eye of legendary music executive Alan McGee who signed the lads to his label, and with such a rich back catalogue of stars attached to Alan, you know these boys mean business.

After seeing Shambolics at a festival over the Summer I eager to see the lads on a smaller stage to see how they sounded, and the results were even better, some bands seem to sound better inside compared to larger open stages.

The band are gathering steam with a number of great songs already released, an album release won’t be far off from these guys. Stand out track for me is ‘Sharp as a Razor’ which gets stuck in your head and you’ll be singing it for days.

The stage was cleared, the lights lowered and the sounds of ‘Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine’ ringing out to the hot Birmingham crowd before loud cheers of joy from the crowd as each member of the band walked onto stage.

Opening the set with the classics ‘Man I hate Your Band’, ‘European Lover’ from their 2006 debut album – About What You Know’

But this tour isn’t all about the classics, and despite Jon admitting he hates it when bands play new songs at shows, no one has heard, the fans didn’t all disappear to the bars and toilets during the first airing of latest single ‘Cheap Stolen Kisses’ A song which is a return to form for the band which will have crowds singing along with the chorus for years to come.

The band are all looking like they’re having a great time being back on stages playing in front of old and new fans, many of whom have been with the band since they appeared on the scene during that Sheffield explosion of talent in the early 2000’s.

We might no longer be going to house parties, but a party on a Friday night with Little Man Tate is still an evening to enjoy, dance and sing like we did in 2006.

Little Man Tates 3rd album – ‘Welcome to the Rest of your Life’ is out 17th November 2023 and is available to pre-order here –

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