Shiiine On Festival 2018: Review

Music / September 11, 2018
by Aidan Jenner

It feels like most of the UK spent this week mourning the end of summer. Not us though. We’re keeping it going right up until the bitter end. As the clouds came rolling over, and flecks of rain littered parts of the country we found ourselves on a train to Birmingham clinging on to festival season to see what Shiiine On Festival had to offer us.

We weren’t disappointed. Here’s how it went down.

In Birmingham’s stellar O2 academy we were joined by a solid crowd of music lovers for a bill that included a bunch of legendary names like Orbital, the Happy Mondays and Embrace amongst others.

We arrived as the doors opened to be greeted by a huge queue of eager fans waiting to get in. Glasvegas were first on the main stage and the Scottish post-punkers didn’t disappoint. Ten years since the launch of their eponymous debut album the group still sound every bit as exciting racing through a well-honed set list. The group made sure the fans got what they wanted, opening with the celestial indie anthem ‘Flowers and Football Tops’ before racing into the higher octane numbers. With their hymnal drones and grazing guitar riffs James Allan and his gang filled the arena incredibly.

The group still retain a touch of the visionary talent of their Scottish counterparts Jesus and the Mary Chain. It is, an obvious comparison, but one that remains true even now. Anyway, we’ll remember that set for a long time.

After a quick pit-stop for dinner we returned to catch some of Yorkshire’s proudest sons, Embrace. The first of the day’s headliners attracted a decent crowd. Spilling to the very edges of the room fans waited eagerly to catch the group who have released six studio albums since 1998.  The five-piece Britpop offshoot launched into a spine tingling medley of sing along indie tracks that had the capacity crowd in the palm of their hands.

A highlight of the set was the groups showstopper “Ashes” which saw the room erupt into excitement. It was smiles all round by the end, as Danny McNamara stood at the edge of the stage watching the entire crowd in applause. That was it, onwards and upwards.

Our final act of the night was the mercurially talented legends that are the Happy Mondays. This was the one we’d been waiting for. Shaun Ryder bowled onto the stage to huge cheers followed shortly by the original hype man Bez. It didn’t take long for the party to get started. The group jangled their way through a couple of openers with Shaun and Bez occasionally pausing to hurl equal amounts of praise and abuse at each other. It was like they’d never been away. Everyone in the room hung on their every note. If there was ever an argument bands shouldn’t get back together, this disproved it.

Shiiine on. We had a blast. See you soon.

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