Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse descended into chaos last night as Mike Skinner’s Streets took over the venue in raucous fashion. The band are currently on a UK tour which is nearly sold out, with fans eager to see old and new material from Skinner and his crew.
Support came from dance collective Joy Anonymous who whipped the crowd into a frenzy and transformed the venue into a giant rave with their mood boosting disco. The duo consisting of Henry Counsell and Louis Curran become notorious in lockdown due to their pop up raves on foot and on boats in the capital to lift the spirits of the general public.
The duo combine elements of house, disco and gospel which worked a treat on tonight’s audience. Infectious energy teamed with quirky Bez-esque dancing from Curran got people moving and the energy quickly shifted to a party atmosphere.
As half nine approached, the anticipation was high for tonight’s headliners. The lights dimmed and the backing band entered the stage, tension built as an impressive light show paved the way for the main man to make his appearance. Skinner strolled onto the stage, pint in hand and immediately kicked off the set with ‘Turn The Page’.
Skinner was only on stage a matter of seconds before launching himself into the crowd, much to the disdain of the bouncers who then attempted to retrieve him. Skinner is known for his love of crowd surfing, but has been more cautious lately after recently injuring his back. The security eventually won the battle and dragged Skinner back onto the stage where he continued the set with ‘Who’s Got the Bag’.
Nostalgia ensured when the band played fan favourites ‘Fit But You know It’ and “Dry Your Eyes Mate’. It is hard to believe that their debut album was released over twenty years ago. Skinner appears to be defying the ageing process and was rarely still, bounding about the stage, occasionally stopping to drink from a pint and to give the audience some grief…some things never change!
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