Manchester review, Thu 8th June (9/6/00)

Neil Woodhead, surprisingly:

Fabulous venue at Manchester University Students Union and the support bad aren't really worth much of a mention in my view - however I suspect some liked them (they were Calvin Party, and they are usually bloody brilliant in my book - Gez).

But HMHB played an absolute blinder from the opening Irk the Purists right through to Trumpton Riots - a set that including some changes with Footsteps (Nigel on mouth organ and Neil on guitar), 24 Hour Garage People and I Love You Because (You Look Like Jim Reeves).

A great mosh pit formed and everyone seemed to have a brilliant time. Those in the pit certainly had a ball - even if many didn't seem to know the new songs! They soon will.

Nigel was on form again with dittys about The Yes Show and The Pope - once again.

Hope everyone else enjoyed it like we did and there was talk of another gig in flooded Todmorden later this year, but at a different venue. Hopefully this will materialise at some point.

This brings to an end my run of seven consecutive gigs - as I'm forced to miss Nottingham, Matlock and London - how on earth will I cope?? I'm concerned!!