We Review Paul Weller at Lytham Green, What Happened?
Sunday saw the final day of this year’s Lytham Festival, a musical extravaganza featuring today’s best acts spread over ten evenings in the beautiful backdrop of this coastal town.
The line-up was a fitting end to what has been a fantastic return of this festival which has drawn music lovers in from all over the country to see the likes of Lewis Capaldi, The Strokes, Charlatans, Fontaines D.C. to name but a few. As festivals go it was certainly one of the most well-run operations had witnessed so a shout out is needed to Cuffe and Taylor and Rhodes Media for hosting such a fantastic ten-nightevent.
The final night was a perfect end to this years extended festival, (usually run over five evenings, but due to the event being postponed over the last two years it doubled in size!). Sunday night saw the mighty Modfather himself, Paul Weller grace the stage, supported by the fabulous Lottery Winners and Legendary Charlatans.
We arrived just in time to catch the Lottery Winners. The four piece who have gone from strength to strength over the last 18 months had drawn quite a crowd who were ready for the empowered performance fronted by the charismatic, and quite often hilarious Thom Rylance backed up by a talented team of musicians. Rylance built up an excellent rapport with the audience, encouraging sing-a-longs which were well received. The band played a number of tracks from their impressive back catalogue, having released three albums in the last three years, one of which was recorded entirely during the pandemic. Crowd favourites included ‘21’ and the melodic fun filled ‘favourite flavour’ a tale of romance full of summer vibes, and ideal for an evening like this.
The Charlatans need no introduction and they impressed with growing crowd with a punchy 45-minute set, with lead singer Tim Burgess so impressed with the crowd that he repeatedly filmed their reactions on his mobile phone. Crowd pleasers ‘The Only One I know’ and ‘North Country Boy’ were well received, and it is difficult to not be charmed by Burgess’s cheeky smile and warmth towards his audience. The set finished with ‘Sproston Green’ the song inspired by a small Cheshire Village and written over 30 years ago, providing a moment of nostalgia for the older fans who have followed the band from the early 90’s.
Paul Weller smashed his way through a two-hour set list to bring the evening to a close. An impressive mixture of the best of the Jam, The Style Council and more recent solo work made its way into the bag. Steve Craddock was on form to help make up the 6-piece band, along with an impressive backline of two drummers. The crowd were treated to well known tracks, ‘Stanley Road’, ‘Ever Changing Mood’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’, the latter of which brought everyone to their feet. Prior to the finale Weller made it clear where he stood politically ‘“I would like to say whoever booed the national anthem: thank you so much. Thank you from west London, for standing up to those fucking… anyway, that is another story.” Before launching into his own National Anthem ‘Town Called Malice’. A belting end to what has been a successful ten day festival on the sunny (mostly) West Coast.