The Buzzcocks & More @ Academy 1
The legendary punk-rock band, Buzzcocks, formed in Bolton back in 1976 recently proved at the Manchester Academy that they're still going strong. On this, their 25th Anniversary bash they showed the city that they won't be going anywere anytime soon, appearing here not even a full year after their last Manchester date supporting new album The Way in 2014.
The night was kickstarted by Gabrielles Wish, formed in 1995, their unique, dancey rock sound, paired with their energetic performance was thoroughly enjoyable. Well received by the audience, the band succeeded in getting the crowd ready for the rest of the night to unfold.
Keeping matters locally focussed, the second band on the bill was Macclesfield's own Marion. Formed in 1993 to release two studio albums before their split in 1999, they are now sporting a new line-up on their return, lead singer Jaime Harding being the only original member in the Band. Although he doesn't let that, or a dodgy curry hold him back - he announces to the growing crowd that a dodgy curry from across the street had left him in a bad way and spent a large percentage of the gig sat down [best way to hold back the shits that, Ed.]. Yet his performance was still on point, with next to little flaw in the music. He introduces the band as the 'New Marion', and praises them for being the best line-up they've had. Awkward audience interactions, spitting all over the stage and being one step beyond inebriated aside, it was a good performance all round.
The final support act was a suprise appearance from the iconic punk-rock band The Members, another band that doesn't let their age hold them back. A band who began life in Camberley in 1976, they would eventually rise to cult status with the song The Sound Of The Suburbs. Their performance was well received by the audience, although interaction was sparse, they put on a great show regardless. A small problem with the bass resulted in them doing a rare live rendition of their hit song The Sound Of The Suburbs with the lyrics screamed right back at them.
Finally, the headliners, no over than The Buzzcocks were on. The Academy now full off eager fans and the energy in the room was highly energetic as birthday boys played everything from recent singles to old favourites such as Orgasm Addict and Ever Fallen In Love. There was not one person stood still in the venue throughout the entire show. They closed the show with guitarist Steve Diggle announcing that they'll "see you next year year." It may be what you often say at this point in a show, it did nonetheless cement the fact that The Buzzcocks won't be going anywhere for a long time.
Words: Jacob Risby | Photos: Cai Dixon