Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022

Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield

Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022

with support from Holocene and Gen & The Degenerates
Sheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022

Well what a night I am in for tonight! After trying to catch these guys in Manchester and failing, I was successful in grabbing this show in Sheffield to see AND SHOOT the mighty Skunk Anansie!! I have been a fan since the 90’s so to see her after so long is very exciting!

I arrive early enough to see the first band which is Holocene, and it’s the first time I have heard of these, I love discovering new bands. The drum and guitar duo enter the stage which is already set up for all 3 bands it seems!

Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield

Singer Sian Kelly, from London, originates as a Jazz singer and from a grunge background. These two are mixed together in her music, which works really well, and what a fabulous voice!

With Matt on drums, they kick off their set including the moody track ‘Fossils’ and ‘Delicate Way to Die’ full of attitude. I am loving their sound.

They thank Skunk Anansie for having them as a support band and tell the crowd how much they’re loving their tour. Finishing off their set, they hit us with a fabulous chilled out rendition of Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ then their latest single ‘Kiss me in the dark’ rounded off their excellent set from an artist very worthy of sharing a stage with the headliners. Look them up on all socials.

Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield

Next up after a short break, it’s Gen and The Degenerates, who I also have not heard of before. They burst on stage, Gen donning a very short tutu and cropped punk style top. I was in awe of this girl right from the off! Oozing with “I don’t give a sh*t” attitude Gen, backed by her 3 guitarists and drummer, launches into their set.  In between songs, Gen interacted lots with the crowd, and strutted her stuff along with the platform at the front of the stage which captured the crowds’ attention!

Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield

The band perform great together and belt out tracks including ‘Girl, God, Gun’, ‘Underwear’ and ‘Wild Thing’ during Gen encourages the crowd to sing along to “all the boys” and “all the girls” Ending on ‘Burn Your Pedestals’ What a set, well worth a watch. I and the other 2 photographers, exited the pit after 3 songs, and just said WOW to each other. Just fabulous, I loved every minute.  Check out their latest EP ‘Only Alive When In Motion’They announced their headline tour which starts in October, be sure to look out for them!

Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield
Skunk Anansie – photo credit Ange Cobham @Cobspix

It’s time for the headliners, Skunk Anansie, and the crowd are now well warmed up when the band enter the stage one by one. Last on is Skin, to huge cheers and looking amazing in her bright pink jacket, black harem trousers and huge rubber horny headpiece! She screams out the opening track title ‘Yes It’s Fucking Political’ and as the soundcheck suggested the sound was booming through the venue at the highest level! Skin is on and off the specialised platform laid out the full length of the stage at the front and is doing the iconic face gestures to the crowd. I’m clicking away and she is moving around so fast like it was still the 90’s! Skin grabs the Theremin instrument and jumps onto the platform with it, making hand movements and the odd tongue gesture around the antenna. The crowd were going wild from the off and Skin is working them as her next songs including ‘And Here I Stand’ and ‘Because of You’ are blasted out. I join my sister in the crowd after my 3 songs shoot was over, to watch the show.

Guitarists Cass on bass and Ace are ripping it up along with Mark on drums and Erika on percussion who joined Skin upfront for a couple of songs on vocals, which worked really well with her amazing huge vocals.

Skins now got rid of her headpiece as she was probably so hot in it, the temperature had gone right up and so had the electric atmosphere. Telling the crowd that she can’t come to join them, they have to make a circle “pit” area right at the front, with fans jumping around during the heavier tempo tracks. ‘I Can Dream’ taken from the 1995 Album ‘Paranoid and Sunburnt’ was dedicated to one of Skin’s friends who were getting married. Opening bars of ‘Weak’ from the same album were played and the place erupted, clearly still one of the fan’s favourites.

The fantastic show carried on with songs including ‘My Ugly Boy’, ‘Can’t Take You Anywhere’ and before ‘God Loves Only You’ Skin tells the crowd it’s a song about religion and respecting each other’s beliefs. When ‘100 Ways To Be a Good Girl’ opens, this is dedicated to everyone who had strict parents. I am made up when one of my faves is played ‘This Means War’ the heavy riffs just vibrated through the place! and Skin shouting the lyrics from the front of the stage, and the crowd shouting them back, that was awesome!

Skin checks on the lively section of the crowd at the front from time to time, and keeps a check on the circle, asking “Where is my circle!” One of the best interactions with a crowd I’ve seen. The band were on top form and smashed out hit after hit, and we were loving it. They went off stage following ‘Tear the Place Up’ and ‘Charlie Big Potato’. Returning back on stage in her “Yes It’s Fucking Political” Tee Skin swapped her black heeled boots for white docs, The band launched straight into ‘Piggy’. 2 crew members enter the stage dragging a huge bass drum donning piggy masks and the song ended with Erika beating the drum tribal style. We were treated to a full version of ‘Brazen’ next as Skin announced this is its full original 90’s tape version.

Opening riffs of ‘Highway to Hell’ by AC/DC is played and Skin announces her band one by one and thanks to the amazing support bands, encouraging us to go check them out and support new music. After which the band performed the full ‘Highway to Hell’ track, the crowd were rocking along to this. The crowd are asked do you want 1 more! YES!! was the reply. It was 2 more ‘The Skank Heads’ during which Erika rocked out with Skin for this one, which was brilliant, then ending on ‘Little Baby Swastika’ Skin telling her adoring fans to look after each other and see you soon.

PA played The Foo Fighters ‘Best of You’ when people were starting to leave but realised the band stayed on stage and it was a tribute to Taylor Hawkins. The band sang along with the crowd in unison at top of our voices, what a lovely tribute.

Well, the crew had a job putting the roof back on that venue! What an absolutely incredible gig, and one I will not forget. I recommend anyone to go and see them if you can, I know I will be when they’re back!

  • Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022
  • Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022
  • Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022
  • Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022
  • Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022
  • Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022
  • Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022
  • Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022
  • Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022
  • Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield with support from Holocene and Gen & The DegeneratesSheffield O2 Academy 23rd April 2022

Full Setlist :
Yes It’s Fucking Political
And Here I Stand
Because of You
I Can Dream
Weak
Twisted (Everyday Hurts)
My Ugly Boy
Can’t Take You Anywhere
Love Someone Else
I Believed in You
God Loves Only You
Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)
100 Ways to Be a Good Girl
Without You
This Means War
Intellectualise My Blackness
Tear the Place Up
Charlie Big Potato

Encore:
Piggy
Brazen (Weep)
Highway to Hell (AC/DC cover)
The Skank Heads (Get Off Me)
Little Baby Swastikkka
Best of You (Foo Fighters song)

Skunk Anansie Strutting The Stage in Sheffield

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