Live Review: The Hoosiers – Sheffield Leadmill

All words and pictures by Phil Wright: All Rights Reserved.

The last Saturday of September took me to Sheffield’s iconic venue ‘The Leadmill’, a small intermate venue which is brilliant for the bands and fan alike.

The night kicked off with the indie pop quartet ‘Crystal Tides’ from Portsmouth. These guys brought a unique blend of 90’s guitar pop and rock. The energy and fun they brought to the stage was phenomenal. BRILLIANT music, BRILLIANT stage presence and absolutely destined for greater things!      


The energy from The Hoosiers was off the scale with there unique sound of rock/pop. With matching rainbow tasselled suits, ‘The Hoosiers’ worked their magic on the audience. Lead singer, Irwin Sparkes, looked like he had found THE TRICK TO LIFE.  You could feel the passion in his voice as he worked well in capturing the crowd, continuously moving around the stage.

From the moment the red and blue lights came up on stage, (nightmare for photography by the way!), you heard the bass drum and keys kick in for ‘Lying’ from the new album ‘CONFIDENCE’. You could see and feel the atmosphere mounting in ‘The Leadmill’ for what was to come.

We were then transported back to 2007 with the bands first single ‘Worried about Ray’. This sounded just as good today as it did back then.

For the next 90 minutes we were treated to hits such as ‘Cops and Robbers’ and ‘Goodbye Mr A’. The crowd loving every second of this set.

With tracks like ‘Hello Sunshine’ and ‘Snowflake’, this is the fifth studio Album from The Hoosiers and I’m sure this is going to be massive hit with old and new fans. My personal favourite being ‘So High’ which had a late Beatles sound to it.

CONFIDENCE is out now on all major platforms.  

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