Before we knew it, the end of the night arrived. 14 songs including an encore of Forgotten Castaway, the song the tour was named after and then they were done. For those lucky enough, meet and greets would take place after the show or, as they were billed, “hug and a selfie”. A must have for any serious Chapter 13 fan.
The encore though was the moment of pure magic for me. Adding Light Years from the new album into the encore was a stroke of genius as it sat perfectly in between possibly some of the greatest tracks the band have ever recorded.
With Matt Fuller playing lead guitar and jumping about with a huge grin on his face and Michael John Adams on the other side just being the most smoothest and mellow bass player but also enjoying himself ridiculously, that feeling fed into the crowd as they played hit after hit.
The big difference between same old same old and ‘wow’ is the energy the band still put into the show. Strictly they could continue to do this for another decade but by bowing out now, they go out in style.
The Hu came onto the stage to huge cheers and whoops from all of us and wow they pack out th stage, not only do they have their four members there but they also have an additional four people on stage ranging from a modern day drum kit to traditional drums and electric guitars.
Running up and down the strip really does deliver a buzz and whilst a lot of people may pick a venue and stick there, trawling through the bands in advance of the festival, finding some undiscovered wonder and tracking them down on the day to witness a memorable performance is what the festival is really about.
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