The atmosphere of the Wombats gig was incredible. The crowds were already buzzing from the success of Nottingham Forest’s clash with Arsenal just an hour before and this atmosphere continued throughout. This was a last-minute gig for me that I dropped everything to go to and I am so glad I did! What a night. With some old classics and fresh new tunes from their recent album “Fix Yourself Not The World” the music perfectly instated mosh pits, singing and even some instances of crowd surfing! The impeccable new album brought a huge and excited crowd who’s excitement only built up with each song.
I have to admit, I was extremely worried that our beloved gigs and venues would never return to its former glory and I would assume you would feel similar. But this gig (despite the Covid Pass check on entry) finally felt normal! It felt like the good old pre-covid days again.
Of course, new music means a new album tour. To promote it, they even played the fresh songs in order of the album – it was like our own little live CD Player! Even if you were somehow not enjoying the music as much as others (impossible) they would not, could not allow you to be bored as the visuals were insane! From characters dancing alongside you behind the band on a screen to their tour manager running out and having a boogie in what appeared to be a wombat suit and was even waving around a banana in rhythm to the music!
This gig was a follow up from an acoustic set signing at rough trade to further promote the album, which I have to say worked a charm. My very own “Fix Yourself Not The World” is on its way as I write now.
And of course, they had to finish with a bang! The final song was the all time classic “Let’s Dance To Joy Division“ from their 2007 album “A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation”. This was the absolutely perfect tune to finish on to leave the audience leaving just as buzzing as they were when they entered.
Words By Jaz Greener