Just between you and I, I was a big fan of Menswe@r in the 90s. They were easily in the top 5 of my most favourite Britpop bands ever (because everyone loves a list) and I religiously collected their (very snazzily designed) CD singles on import in Australia when I was a teenager. I never understood the flack they got back then, and I was always proud to say I was a fan.
I guess people say it’s a nostalgia thing going to see your most loved bands from when you were a teenager and to some extent it is. When the band you’re seeing has been revived with a new line up and fresh energy, it’s all about going to see a bloody brilliant gig.
The only thing that marred the night was a few ‘lads! bantz! pints!’ guys in the crowd who at their age should really know better, but fortunately that didn’t take away much from the overall experience. Johnny Dean and the new Menswe@r line up clearly love playing together as they put on a fantastic show and seemed to really enjoy themselves.
My only regret is not bringing a zoom lens with me (for fear of it being confiscated by security!) and having to make do with my 50mm 1.8, which I hid in the arm of my jacket on the way in (don’t try this at home kids). The shots were all quite close as a result… live and learn!
If you were a fan of Menswe@r in the 90s, or even if you weren’t, I can highly recommend you go check them out if you can. If you don’t get a chance though, here’s some pics so you can pretend you were there. Enjoy!