Review // Mercury & May @ The Penny Bank

UPDATE: MERCURY & MAY WILL RETURN DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND ON SUNDAY 24TH NOVEMBER AT THE PENNY BANK PUB IN SCUNTHORPE!

Buy tickets for Mercury & May Tribute (Back By Popular Demand) from Skiddle

Sunday night, it was time for another Live@Five gig at Scunthorpe town centre pub, The Penny Bank. This week was a little different as it was a later start for a big tribute act, Mercury & May. This week was ticketed at £5, but I feel people really got their money’s worth.

The scene was set with black curtains placed on the windows to create a darker, more party like atmosphere, this also made the duo’s light show stand out.
The pub was filling up quickly as doors opened at 5:30pm, showtime was a little later than planned, just to give everyone the chance to get through the doors, get a drink and prepare for the show.

When it was time for the show to commence, Mercury & May made an entrance to the performance area, walking in from the back end and playing up through the crowd.
Freddie (Ian) wore the signature yellow jacket for the first part of the performance, with hits like “Break free”, climbing on stools and tables and putting on an enthusiastic show from all different viewpoints in the venue.

© Steven Potter Photography


From start to finish, Mercury & May had the audience reeled in, dancing, clapping & singing. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and although it was hot in there due to all the bodies, everyone’s energy levels remained high. The duo showed great showmanship, charisma and professionalism throughout. The outfit changes and replica dance moves just added to the whole performance. Both parts of the duo had good vocals and delivered an impressive tribute to the legends, Queen.

Ian Adams as Freddie Mercury


The second set had everyone up on their feet with well-known hits like “We Will Rock You” as the show drew to a close, the audience wanted more. The duo gave an entertaining encore, which saw Freddie (Ian) bare chest in a British flag and crown and he even threw in a bit of the national anthem to finish. There was a sea of hands raised in the air and a chorus of people singing the lyrics.

© Steven Potter Photography


It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves on a Sunday afternoon. There was a real mix of people and a variety of ages with smiling faces. Bar service was quick and friendly even with it being busy night.

Customer comments:

“Brilliant atmosphere..great staff. Really enjoyed the Freddie Mercury tribute”

“Absolutely brilliant night, great atmosphere and great music”

“Friendly staff and loved the Tribute”

“Who knew a Sunday in Scunthorpe could be so fun!”

“Must see act, great night, can’t wait for more like this”

For more photos/videos and upcoming events visit The Penny Bank on Facebook.

Photos courtesy of Steven Potter & LGM

Review by LGM

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