Night 5 of an extensive UK tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of their hit record “The Trick to Life” saw The Hoosiers descend on Guildford into one of my most favourite intimate venues The Boiler Room.
The night opened with a set from Hampshire based Flash Fires. Having previously supported the likes of Catfish and The Bottlemen and Ash, it was evident that there indie/ alternative rock sound was going to compliment the imminent Hoosier. The five piece put on a brilliant performance and really warmed up the audience for the evening ahead.
Second support was Nikki Ambers. Having confessed her nerves to the crowd and standing alone on stage, she went on to provide a beautiful, soulful performance singing tracks which are both honest and truthful.
Who can believe that 10 years ago we were singing our hearts out to “Goodbye Mr A” and “Cops and Robbers” yet here we are celebrating a decade of this incredible record. When The Hoosiers announced their anniversary tour, we were all pretty excited but to play in the small and intimate venues was just special and something that was not to be missed.
As the foursome took to the stage of their sell out show, the crowd erupted and sent temperatures souring in the aptly named Boiler Room. The first half of the show featured The Trick To Life played in full from start to finish. Despite attracting a mixed age group of fans, everyone was bought together with the hits “Goodbye Mr A” “Cops and Robbers” and “Worried about Ray” in a nostalgic chorus of song that echoed around the venue.
The entire set was a electric celebration of a momentous record and ended with some of their more recent work plus a couple of covers from the likes of The Weekend.
A fantastic gig laced with everything you would ever want from a nostalgic and reminiscent set in a pretty sweaty yet charming music venue.