Live Review: The Lottery Winners / The Deep Blue / Chatfield – The Network, Sheffield 13.01.2024

Jason Siddall

A Night of Indie Pop Bliss with The Lottery Winners at The Network, Sheffield

The Network in Sheffield was set ablaze with indie pop magic as The Lottery Winners took the stage to warm up a cold January Saturday night. Hailing from Leigh, Greater Manchester, this quartet, formed in 2008 proved once again why they are a force to be reckoned with on the indie music scene.

The Lottery Winners wasted no time in captivating the audience right from the get-go, setting the tone for the night with the energy-packed “Worry” which immediately had the crowd hooked.

A special and amusing (you had to be there) moment emerged when guitarist Robert Lally took centre stage to deliver a rendition of the hit song “Let Me Down.” Originally a duet with Boy George, Robert’s rendition showcased his excellent vocals.

Frontman Thom Rylance, is a charismatic force to be reckoned with, leading the band with style and humour. His interactions with the crowd demonstrated his ability to connect and provided moments of fun and unplanned antics throughout the performance. Live renditions of the band’s songs came to life under Thom’s guidance, making the concert an engaging and memorable experience.

Bass player Katie Lloyd took her turn in the spotlight, delivering a captivating performance of “85 Trips.” Her vocals added a different dimension to the band’s sound, showcasing diverse talents for which the Lottery Winners are somewhat unique in terms of live performances these days. Great stuff.

The entertainment factor of the show tonight was heightened by the crowd’s enthusiastic participation, a packed venue echoing as fans sang along to every word. Testament to the band’s ability to create a communal atmosphere and make the concert feel like a shared experience.

As the night progressed, The Lottery Winners treated us to a two-song encore. “Burning House” and “Start Again” provided a fitting conclusion to a brilliant night.

The Lottery Winners at The Network in Sheffield celebrated indie pop at its finest. With a mix of humour, charisma, and musical prowess, the band delivered a performance that solidified their status as a must-see live act. Their journey from humble beginnings in 2008 to the powerhouse they are today is a testament to their talent and dedication.

Go and see The Lottery Winners live if you can, you will not be disappointed and check out the latest album Anxiety Replacement Therapy.

Supporting and first up tonight were Sheffield-based five-piece ‘Chatfield’ who put on a strong performance full of classic-sounding indie originals, definitely one to watch.

Manchester-based ‘The Deep Blue’ also impressed with Indie / Folk originals, tight vocal harmonies and excellent musicianship. A drum solo was also featured, what’s not to like? The girls are touring in February so make sure to check them out.

Overall tonight was a great start to the year all three bands delivered.

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