Busted @ Bents Park, South Shields

Busted deliver a gig like no other band I’ve seen this year (or ever?)

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We are off to see Busted with the kids next month btw…are you excited? ūüėā

The above was a text from my wife to me whilst I was at the home of music, Glastonbury.  Clearly I had no say in this. The kids would no doubt be happy.

I got home to discover that this was a free event as part of the South Tyneside Festival. ¬†However, we’d bought priority tickets at ¬£5 a piece! Bargain.

This was a decent event – especially for those that got in free. There were 4 acts on in quick succession, so there was little time to get bored between them. ¬†I gather there was quite a queue when it opened (12 noon for priority ticket holders), but we didn’t arrive until until about 1.30pm and sailed straight through. ¬†The weather was pretty great all afternoon, so that was a bonus. ¬†All the support acts were local.

Sonny: the only local performer to do his own tracks (from what I can remember) until he closed with a medley of covers. He sounded pretty decent and was a nice way to start the day.

Call On Sunday: played covers for the younger audience members. Sounded good.

The Understudies: played covers for the older audience members. I really enjoyed these. Covers included; Franz Ferdinand, ELO, The Beatles, Buggles, AC/DC, Pulp…

Busted: I’m not sure how interested Busted were in this. Charlie Busted’s eyes seemed lifeless behind his shades and they didn’t hang around at the end of their set. ¬†I’m pleased to say I didn’t know as many Busted songs as I feared I might. ¬†The girls seemed to enjoy it, although they were pretty exhausted in the sun after a great morning playing in a football tournament. The definitely enjoyed Year 3000 and a few others. You can see why Busted have some appeal and there were tonnes of people singing. ¬†It’s not music made for me. That’s fine. I was there for the girls and it was good value, even with priority tickets.

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For what it’s worth, here’s the setlist (I submitted this, but only thought about it 5 or 6 songs in – so it’s incomplete – and relied heavily on lyric searches on google!)

Author: cwblueroom

Gig goer. Vinyl buyer. Movie lover.

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