Final live dates

The stage was set for one of the most emotional and proud moments for Leeds’ own prodigal sons, The Music. For Rob, Adam, Stuart and Phil, based upon this phenomenal electrifying performance, this final show of their Last Dance Tour seemed to have more of a revival feel to it than one last farewell. The crowd was full of Leeds locals and those who had travelled from afar for the final part of the bands three-date UK tour.

From opening song ‘The Dance’, taken from the eponymous debut album, Rob Harvey firmly had the sell-out crowd feeding from his hand. With their echo driven vocals and psychedelic guitar riffs, The Music are one indie band you can dance to at an emphatic pace – Harvey, himself, showing everyone how it should be done during instrumental cuts.

The set focused heavily on the band’s debut album, which included belters like ‘Take The Long Road And Walk It’ (the band’s first ever demo track), ‘Gettaway’ and ‘The People’.

There was a real buzz and excitement within the crowd when high-energy anthem ‘Welcome to The North’ (also the name of their second studio album) was introduced to this memorable night.

There seemed very little interaction with the crowd apart from Harvey thanking the crowd after ‘Too High’ for their support over the years and through the tough times. The reality of this being the end may have been too much for words.

The band left the stage to reappear for an encore of ‘The Walls Get Smaller’, which couldn’t have been a better track to send the crowd home. Another proud moment on perhaps the band’s most emotional night of their journey together.

As fans left the venue, a retro ambulance parked up outside with its back doors open and blasting out ‘Gettaway’, which led to fans uniting, chanting and dancing on the streets till stewards finally moved the Vengabus on.

It is unclear what the future holds for the lads from Kippax. A solo career has been tipped for Rob Harvey, though the army of revellers who travelled to witness this momentous occasion will be hoping that, as the dust settles, the thought of another comeback will be on the cards.

Words by Kevin Park
Photo by Danny Payne

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