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Toploader live at Scarborough Spa

The energy was injected straightaway by local support act Except for Access, and by their third song 'Changes' the crowd were fully engaged. After their track, 'I Try', and a comment that it was one for their fans out there, drummer Jon quipped, 'All 6 of them!'. Without doubt there were many more than that present, and the Scarborough boys truly warmed the crowd up well. Their cover of 'Best of You' by the Foo Fighters sounded the best that I've yet heard them do it, and it was great to note that this was their only cover; their own material sounded great.

Toploader arrived on stage to warm applause and whistles, and their easy charm came across as they started out. This was the first night of the tour, and they had learned the affectionate Scarborough nickname, 'Scarbados' which raised a cheer. They wisely didn't wait too long to get the much-anticipated 'Dancing in the Moonlight' out of the way, fourth on their set-list. After that, they mixed in a few older favourites whilst mainly concentrating on their new material.

A few feedback issues occasionally crept in and sometimes it just felt like it all should have been louder. The new tracks were consistent in quality but didn't seem to be immediately grabbing the crowd's rapture, so the regular interspersal of older songs like 'Time of My Life' and 'Achilles Heel' were welcome, reminding us that there was certainly more to them than 'just one song'...


The venue was beautiful and the lighting simple and lovely; it was a perfectly pleasant evening of good music but a consensus among attendees I spoke to seemed to convey a general feeling that they just wanted a little something 'more' from the new material. I suspect the tracks may be 'growers' rather than instant hits, with new single 'Turn it Around', which was released this week, sounding better with each listen.

Except for Access

Except for Access

Except for Access

Except for Access

Toploader

Toploader

Toploader

Toploader

Toploader

Toploader

Toploader

Toploader

Toploader

Toploader

Toploader

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