CABBAGE – Live @ 53 Degrees, Preston

Rolling into Preston last week were five piece politburo, Cabbage, who continue yet again to wow audiences up and down the country on the ‘Healing Brexit Towns Experiment Tour’.

Preston, the second tour date on the visit of Brexit voting towns was a lively affair with a lineup to match.

Opened by post-punk outfit Queen Zee and The Sasstones, the gig got off to flyer with another great band, The Blinders, supporting.

Hailing from Doncaster, the band have recently risen up the ranks in the Manchester music scene and are ones to watch this year. They played a lively set that ended with fan favourite ‘Ramona Flowers’.

Cabbage then kicked off the main event with ‘Fraudulent Artist’, the crowd were instantly engaged and by the end the front row were glistening with sweat, owing to the circle pit that began in the chorus.

‘Necroflat In The Palace’ was followed by ‘Asa Morley’, ‘Pickle’ and ‘Dissonance’ before the politically charged outfit from Manchester laid on some of the tunes from the ‘Young, Dumb and Full Of…’ EP.

Personal favourites ‘Terrorist Synthesiser’ and ‘Tell Me Lies About Manchester’ were played either side of ‘A Network Betrayal’ as lead singers Lee Broadbent and Joe Martin encapsulated the Prestonian crowd, converting drunk concert goers into a chorus of political angst.

As the set came to a ferocious end and I was sucked into the moshpit, ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade’ was belted out by the adoring crowd as if it were an anthem for a generation, lost in the political wilderness.

Cabbage continue on their tour, the dates of which can be seen below.

Student Central (ULU), London

Met Lounge, Peterborough

Church, Dundee

P.J. Molloy’s, Dunfermline

Inside Out, Darlington

The Drawing Room, Barrow-in-Furness

Norwich Arts Centre

Esquires Bedford

John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket

The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

Tivoli, Buckley

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