Guaranteed a special time at The Lottery Winners live shows. Currently on a seventeen date UK tour, with more dates being added and many sold out, this could be the last chance to see this band in smaller capacity venues. Don’t hesitate. Their show at The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth was superb.
Thom Rylance was his usual ‘charismatic’ self. He actually requested this adjective in one of his many comic ad libs during the show, and it is entirely appropriate for this charming, funny frontman.
The band played thirteen songs full of indie-pop goodness; impossible to pick highlights from the set list, much loved by the sell out audience. Classics “That’s Not Entertainment” and “Headlock”, songs from their latest album Something to Leave the House For including “Start Again” and “Overthink Everything”, and a tease of the new album with a first play of “Burning House”. The band were filming live footage of the latter for a music video and the crowd got fully involved, enhancing the already superb atmosphere in the venue. Kate Lloyd (bass/vocals) sings the chorus on the new track, with Thom singing the verses, a really lovely combination from these great friends. We can’t wait for the new release.
The last time the band visited Portsmouth, Robert Lally (guitar/vocals) sang “Angels” by Robbie Williams following a suggestion from the crowd. And, unplanned, the crowd convinced them to repeat it. Thom saying “don’t tell anyone we do this kind of thing when we visit Portsmouth”. Drums from Joe Singleton, and for the last song, joined by their manager Tristan Ivemy on guitar, a great chemistry and connection from all on stage, lovely to see.
Support came from local musician Harvey Jay Dodgson, a great way to kick off the evening.