Probably the worse snow in years hit sheffield,and it shouldnt have gone ahead, outside the arena in the attercliffe area of sheffield was like a skating rink, well done sheffield council for your complete lack of gritting and snow ploughing attercliffe common yet the less busy brightside lane was snow free! A lot of people didnt make this gig which im told was down to weller's promoters insisting it went ahead! a completely snowbound carpark and flakes the size of your hand greeted the brave souls who made it, we live 8 miles away on a hill and we had 2 foot of snow by 4pm, a taxi ride to town and the tram got us to the arena square pub to meet a couple of friends and then the journey across the road to the arena,we got in as the bees where playing but didnt venture in to see them, im not the best at remembering the set list,so not in any order but he played amongst others, "moonshine" "wake up the nation" "seven and 3" "echoes round the sun""fast car slow traffic" "aim high" "trees" "up the dosage""push it along" "22 dreams""have you made up your mind" plus corrine bailey rae made an appearance with "wild wood" and "how sweet it is"
having seen weller over 30 times it was a really different weller stage show from what he has done before,with a camera projecting images of the crowd onto two giant screens either side of the stage and the screens flashing images up of themes from the songs he played behind the stage,it was totally different and just shows you how weller has constantly pushed his own boundaries,only downside i thought was the usual "mod squad" mid 40s blokes dressed in harrington jackets and suede shoes and those silly boating jackets shouting for jam tunes,nowt wrong with weller slipping the odd one in,but it gets a bit boring when the biggest cheer sometimes is for old jam stuff,i was a mod 30 years ago, and im still a mod but i aint a stereotype mod and this crowd really bore me, be individual lads! anyway rant over!!
Jam songs played where "start" "pretty green" and "strangetown" plus a couple of council numbers,to make my night perfect for the encore our own legend Richard Hawley appeared to play on "no tears to cry" "pretty flamingo"and "andromeda" with paul announcing "its cuppa tea and breaky at hawleys in the morning" imgine living up greystones and seeing weller sliding about in the snow outside your house!Last encore with andy crofts(i think) playing guitar and singing a jam classic "art school" which is one of my favs and one of the reasons i got into the jam as a 13 year old.