On Friday 4th April 2014, I went to see ‘Canterbury’ headline The Leadmill in Sheffield, with support from ‘Blitz Kids’ and ‘Big Sixes’.
Canterbury are an indie rock band hailing from Surrey in England. Consisting of Luke Prebble (vocals, bass), Mike Sparks (guitar), James Pipe (guitar) and Chris Velissarides (drums), the band was formed in 2005 and has to date released three studio albums. The most recent of these, ‘Dark Days’, was released in January of this year and to support it the four piece embarked on a small UK tour. After gigs in Edinburgh, York and Manchester, ‘Canterbury’ hit Sheffield’s Leadmill for the fourth night of the tour.
Support came from ‘Big Sixes’, who opened the show, and the highly impressive ‘Blitz Kidz’. ‘Canterbury’ then burst on to the stage playing ‘Expensive Imitation’, greeted by a huge roar from the pumped up Yorkshire crowd. Front man Prebble was a great performer, putting great passion into his performance as well as keeping the audience involved throughout.
A mixture of old and new material was played by the band. ‘Keep It Moving’, ‘Satellite’ and ‘All My Life’ were all played from the new release as well as a number of songs from their previous two albums. Two of their most famous songs and my personal favourites, ‘Saviour’ and ‘More Than Know’ were both played before the band temporarily left the stage following ‘Going Nowhere’.
After chants from the anticipating crowd, the band made their inevitable return for the encore and performed ‘Heavy In The Day’ from their album of the same name. ‘Gloria’ and ‘Friends? We’re More Like A Gang’ completed a fantastic set of roughly an hour from one of England’s hottest young bands.
It was a highly entertaining evening with some excellent support before a superb performance from the headliners. A very exciting and impressive live band, I would highly recommend catching them on the remainder of their tour which ends in London on April 9th.