Established back in 2006 Mrs Boon’s Tea Party has established itself as the ultimate in Sunday afternoon merriment.
Now at its new home of Bask in the Boons home town of Stockport, the 2pm time slot combined with the Inspiral Carpets legend Clint Boon spinning the tunes and his wife Charlie serving up her famous homemade cakes make it the perfect atmosphere for a laid back, family-friendly catch up with your best mates and friendly fun.
You should always expect the unexpected, live music from some of the Boon’s favourite up-and-coming artists – mixed in with more established acts, this instalment of Mrs Boon’s Tea Party on Sunday the 15th was always going to be special.
The listed acts were Boon favourites and Leighs finest The Lottery Winners who were on cloud nine due to their recent No. 1 album. For one of the North West hardest working bands it was truly glorious to witness exactly what this accolade meant and after 15 years together as a band Bask was perfect venue to be able to bask in the well-earned glory.
Fans sang along to ‘Start Again’, ‘Much Better’, ‘Letter to Myself’ and ‘Favourite Flavour’ and ‘Burning House’ while playing pass the parcel and get a selfie with the No.1 trophy.
There was even a sing along with Johnny, aka Morrissey in The Smiths Ltd, for an unplanned cover of The Smiths’ This Charming Man. Thom as usual did a sterling job as ultimate front man keeping the audience entertained throughout with relatable quips and wit.
After a brief pause from Boons Bingo, yes an actual game of bingo, more gigs should include a round of Bingo in my opinion. I also got to stick a salted caramel cupcake in my chops. The cakes really were something else and there was not a crumb-free face in the house.
The secret surprise guests.
The Inspiral Carpets, who stopped being a secret about 2 wines in, came to the stage to a riotous applause and performed a seven-song set with Kev Clarke behind the drum kit and Oscar Boon on bass.
The set included ‘Joe’, ‘Two Worlds Collide’ ‘Generations’ ‘Move’ ‘Sackville’ and the ultimate sing along ‘This Is How It Feels’. Ending the set and the special extended Tea Party with ‘Saturn 5’ Inspirals have once again established themselves as a beloved fan favourite and Bask as a venue to be taken seriously.
📸 CREDIT HELEN MILLINGTON