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The Feeling

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill - 18th October, 2018

Written By Andy Gunton

Twelve Stops and Home, well Bexhill anyway.

The current trend of bands playing one of their albums in full continues, but there can't be many acts whose album being celebrated is only 12 years old!

But when that album is as good as the one on show at the De La Warr Pavilion on Thursday evening, who am I to grumble?

I've always been a bit of a sucker for a good pop song, whoever records it, and The Feeling's 2006 million selling 'Twelve Stops And Home' album is chock full of great pop/rock songs, as was proved at this gig.

Strolling on stage to the introductory music of 'Fill My Little Fanfare', the band then launched into 'I Want You Now' in full blooded fashion.

And from then on in it was just like having The Feeling playing the album in your bedroom, such was the attention to detail of every song, and the way the band tried to keep the gaps between songs to a minimum.

It was something they very nearly managed, if it hadn't been for a tuning problem on Dan Gillespie Sells' guitar before one track, and a forced break in the performance due to an urgent medical problem with a member of the audience before 'Helicopter'.

An unfortunate situation the band coped with very well by the way.

But that didn't stop the momentum of the gig, or the enthusisam of the audience, who were singing along whole heartedly to every song.

This was a classy gig, from a classy live act.

The obvious enjoyment of playing the songs, and being on stage that exuded from the band, was very noticeable.

I'm not sure bass player Richard Jones stood still for more than a couple of seconds throughout the whole performance. Most of the time he was prowling around on either side of the stage, obviously having a whale of a time.

The excellent sound and lighting certainly helped with the overall atmosphere of the gig, and the crowds enjoyment of it too. 

A great version of 'Blue Piccadilly', brought the main show, and the album to a close.

As frontman Dan Gillespie Sells said himself, when you've just played your most famous songs during the main set, what do you have left for an encore?

Well, they needen't have worried.

Kicking of encore number one with 'Miss You', the hidden extra track from 'Twelve Stops From Home', we then had a bit of an exclusive.

Introducing Josie Walker, who played Margaret in the West End musical 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie', which Dan Gillespie Sells wrote the music for, we were then treated to an excellent rendition of 'He's My Boy' from that musical. And what a voice Josie Walker has!

A rousing version of 'Join With Us' rounded off encore number two, and ended proceedings on a high.

It was a pity that there weren't a few more people present to see what was a great show.

This was definitely a case of 'if you missed it, you missed out'.

 

Find The Feeling at: thefeeling.com

For info about future gigs at the De La Warr Pavilion visit: dlwp.com/whats-on

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