After an eight year absence, 90s Britrock favourites Skunk Anansie have been in the gruelling process of trying to reach the level they were once at. Two albums into their remarkable comeback, the band have certainly shown that even though they haven’t quite reached their popularity of old, they certainly have a lot more spirit as they attempt to prove their relevance on one of their biggest tours ever.
For a band that once headlined Glastonbury the crowd is surprisingly sparse. But at nearly thirty quid a ticket with no hit records in ten years it’s barely a surprise. Those who do turn up though are clear ‘skank-heads’ through and through, knowing every word and riff that comes out.
It’s clear that their fans haven’t forgotten them in the slightest, this is evident with their ageing hair and worn out t-shirts. You can’t help but guess the crowd might be scared to mosh in case they put their back out. With ever elaborate stage costumes and a mental backdrop the band turn up and put on a show fit for arenas. Iconic feminist singer Skin leaps onto the stage with so much enthusiasm that she drops her microphone instantly but still laughs it off. Putting on the best facial expressions in all of rock to the photographers delight, Skin has such a crazed onstage persona that you almost forget there’s more than just one member in the band. Nobody takes notice of the mammoth backdrop as you’re too captivated by the front-woman’s performance.
With a setlist ranging from new thought provoking tracks like ‘This is Not A Game’ to old fist-in-the-air gems like ‘Hedonism’ and ‘Weak’, the band pull out all the stops to make it a night nobody intends to forget. Culminating on topical favourite ‘Little Baby Swatstikkka’ it’s the first time of the night that the crowd move about like they’re half their estimated age. With everyone on their hands and knees on the command of Skin who by now has ventured into the middle of the halls, she has everyone jumping, she even throws herself into the mosh-pit defining just how much this night means to both audience and the band. Welcome back.