Sold out Cabbage show promises to be one of region's biggest


SATURDAY'S sold out headline show from indie rock band Cabbage at The Drawing Room promises to be one of the biggest live gigs in Barrow in recent years.

The Manchester outfit are rated among the UK's best up-and-coming bands, and have supported the likes of Kasabian on tour and Courteeners huge homecoming gig at Old Trafford cricket ground already this year.

This somewhat surprising tour sees the five-piece outfit touring to intimate venues across the UK, in towns that they haven't visited before.

What can you expect from the live set?

All of Cabbage's shows in 2017 have been promoting January's 'album' release, Young, Dumb and Full Of... - a compilation of songs from their three EP releases up to that point.

Mainstay tracks from the album, such as Uber Capitalist Death Trade, Necroflat In The Palace, and Terrorist Synthesizer, all feature regularly, and tracks from this July's The Extended Play of Cruelty EP release, including Fraudulent Artist and A Network Betrayal, are also likely to feature.

Anyone who caught their set at this summer's Kendal Calling will know that Cabbage pretty much guarantee an intense and raucous live performance, which will no doubt have their Furness fanbase singing along from start to finish.

Who are the support bands?

Queen Zee and the Sasstones provide main support for this run of UK dates, and they too will be first-time visitors to Barrow.

Bold, brash and brimming with punk rock attitude, the Liverpool five-piece have become known for their cutting lyrics and live energy. Their first single, Sissy Fists, saw them picked up by BBC 6Music's Tom Robinson, leading to appearances on the Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.

Their distinctive sound combines the fun side of pop music with the anarchic side of punk, making them another of the North West's names to watch in 2017.

Proletariat complete the line-up. An extremely new band on the Manchester live circuit, this young indie punk outfit hail from Cabbage's hometown of Mossley, Tameside. The handful of tour dates they've been selected for will be their first gigs outside of the area, though they're already becoming talked about for their chaotic, politically-charged performances.

The four-piece released their debut EP, Always The Same, in May, hinting at what's to come with another release expected early next year.

What are the band saying about the show?

Speaking to Cumbria Live about the Barrow gig, Cabbage frontman Lee Broadbent said: "We're looking forward to it - it's got to the point where we're always in these massive venues now, and the tour is our way of connecting with these smaller towns and experiencing what they're going through.

"The whole idea was that after Brexit, there was so much happening that we wanted to see how all these other places were affected.

"To be honest, I can't wait. We've been playing all these Main Stage shows and festivals, and we've kind of missed that intimacy and vibrancy that you get on the smaller stages.

"We've been taken away from all that just by how much things have grown in a short time, so we're looking forward to making that connection with these smaller venues."

What do the promoters have to say?

The show has been organised by Twang, who regularly stage shows at The Drawing Room. This is without doubt the biggest gig for Andy Graham and Malcolm Lingard so far, and they are thrilled with the reaction.

Andy says: "The response from this event has been amazing - it's easily the biggest gig of this type we have both been involved in, and we couldn’t have asked for a better lead up to it.

"Tickets have sold out, which is great, and allows us to focus on just making sure the night lives up to expectations.

"The band need little introduction, and talking with people who have bought tickets, many caught them at festivals over the summer, and are even more excited to see them live in their hometown.

"A lot of build-up and hard work over the past year or so has got us to the point where we feel we can put nights like this on in Barrow.

"We took a gamble with putting on three huge acts over the next three months with Her's coming in November, and Barry Hyde from The Futureheads in December. But the local response has been fantastic and proves once again the appetite for quality live music in Barrow is as strong as ever."

  • Cabbage's headline show at The Drawing Room, in Duke Street, Barrow, starts at 8pm on Saturday, and entrance is by ticket only.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:07AM
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