On Tuesday night Teenage Fanclub played an intimate show somewhere in the middle of West Yorkshire, Hebden Bridge to be precise, before supporting The Foo Fighters in Manchester. Third Outing was lucky enough to be part of the mad few hundred.
After watching Ride at the Barrowlands a few days earlier and experiencing our first Dot to Dot Festival in Nottingham, Third Outing drove across the Peaks to see “The Fannys” play the iconic Trades Club.
9PM: Teenage Fanclub take to the small stage and Norman Blake states 'we have a list with a bunch of songs, we're going to play them all'. The band open with Man Made It's All In My Mind and dig into the back-catalogue of crowd pleasers without hesitation. Old favourites such as Start Again, The Concept, Everything Flows and Star Sign are clear fan favourites, which get the crowd bouncing to Glaswegian shouts of "Up the fanny" during every guitar tuning break.
During these breaks Norman Blake tries his best to both tune his guitar and entertain the crowd, which leads to many funny moments between crowd and band. It is clear the Scottish legends haven't played together properly for some time, they lack match practice, but it doesn't matter much to the true fans at the Trades Club. 'Do that one tomorrow' shouted a fan with irony after the band stopped and re-started a song. It is choppy, but during songs the Fanclub are tight and well worth the location effort.
Whilst on stage they also confirm the release of a new album later in the year before playing one track from the upcoming record entitled I'm In Love. It was a nice and pleasant atmosphere, Teenage Fanclub don't need to show off any more, they only need to be themselves...and perhaps purchase a new guitar tuner too! A great reminder of why Teenage Fanclub inspired so many bands for years to come!
Teenage Fanclub Trades Club 9/10