Gig Reviews

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS and THE RUTS The Concorde 2 , Brighton, 23rd March 2018

Written by Lee Farmery

Sometimes we go to gigs on a whim without really knowing any of the back catalogue or even the genre we are listening to is not our first kind of choice .

Tonight was one of those nights and as much for enjoying gigs I was expecting it not to be my bag and quite likely leaving with a rather uneventful evening .

I won’t beat around the bush …..how wrong I was !

This was a 2 band bill , sold out concert to the point they pulled any advertisement and automatically it was very apparent both bands have very dedicated fans .

I often think of bands from this Punk-rock era as being pigeonholed with their trashy guitars and harsher sounds but many bands out of this era e.g Eddie and the Hotrods ,The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Ruts have a more crafted approach . This was a Stiff Little Fingers 40th anniversary tour .

First on was The Ruts .. A 3 piece band with fantastic energy …. Wow what a band !!!!
The energy and tightness from the rhythm section was fantastic and was a masterclass to any young musicians wanting some inspiration . The guitarist had it all happening with sound , technique and stage presence …

From start to finish this was one of the best 3 piece bands I have probably heard in years !

And within a short amount of time I realised I actually knew a few songs (and played them in bands).

I’m sure we have all had this experience of not realising who wrote them .

To say everyone was waiting for Stiff Little Fingers would be a bit much as it was such high quality all-round it felt more like a double headline and during both sets the room was brimming at capacity .

I enjoyed both sets so much I almost forgot I was there to review it.

Whilst listening to Stiff Little Fingers I wondered if they had any big influence such as Manic Street Preachers in the early years .

I felt like I witnessed a very special gig which I will always remember. 

Photo courtesy of Lee Farmery

Stiff Little Fingers Set List
Wait & see
Hero
Gotta Getaway
Can’t believe in you
Roots 
Safe as houses
Barbed wire love
Tilting at windmills
Fade Away
Fought the war for
Doesn’t make it ok
Happy Yesterday
Wasted Life
Dark Places
At The Edge 
Tin Soldiers
Suspect Device
Alternative Ulster 

For all things Stiff Little Fingers, click HERE and for The Ruts, click HERE

About the author

Lee Farmery

I am the drummer of signed band Furyon but am a regular Session and Dep musician throughout the U.K and abroad with years of experience from Funk,Blues,Rock,Metal and even a touch of Jazz and Latin.
Experienced in Single and double pedal techniques and recording and have variations from 4 to 9 piece kits and electric kits.
I play the cahon and a variation of percussion and can do main and backing vocals with harmonies.
I also have been teaching for 14 yrs from Little people to older and even experienced seeking guidance .
I am Very experienced on Click with a good work ethic .

My equipment is my tools and insist on the best !!!!!

Will travel anywhere!

BRIEF HISTORY ........Noteable performances.etc

2006-2007 M.I (Musicians institute London)
1999-2001 Joined Eugene Speed ......Band (Touring ,Festivals ,Recording,etc)
2003-2004 Toured "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" Musical @Brighton Festival,Edinburgh Fringe and season in Milano.
2006 Joined FURYON ...............Till present day .
2007 Performing PRK for Manumission Ibiza
2008 + 2009 Winnipeg Fringe Festival performing "Pink Floyd " Dark side of the Moon .

General touring and festivals including .
Download,Bloodstock,High Voltage,Hard Rock Hell,Hammerfest,Baroeg Festival (Ne)
And many other U.K and European Shows!