Last Thursday, The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe held host to the first leg of the Squeeze UK tour named “The Difford & Tillbrook Songbook”. It was a night of dancing, laughter and plenty of nostalgia for many fans.
Squeeze formed in 1974, shortly after teenage friends Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook began their songwriting partnership. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits that lasted until 1982. Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Award-winning songwriting duo got back together in 2007 to relaunch Squeeze.
This tour looks like it’s going to be a popular one if Thursday night at The Baths Hall was anything to go by plus the fact many of their tour dates are now SOLD OUT.
Myself and my partner arrived at the venue to a long queue of eager fans. The queue seemed to move rather quickly so we weren’t waiting too long.
The security staff were friendly and welcoming and did a fantastic job, it was all done very smoothly. After the bag check and body scanner we collected our tickets and headed for the main auditorium, which was already packed. The dance floor looked fit for bursting and there were very few empty seats.
Our view of the stage was excellent and the lighting was very impressive. Heaven 17 kicked the evening off and the crowd went wild as they worked their way through their back catalogue of hits. They certainly warmed the crowd up. The band were very friendly with plenty of banter along the way and audience interaction throughout.
The female vocalists alongside lead singer, Glenn Gregory were exceptionally good, especially on the well known hit “Temptation”. Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh, both former members of Human League were also part of the band onstage for the Heaven 17 performance. I could have listened to a much longer set from Heaven 17.
As the band bowed out at the end of their set the audience were very vocal; shouting, whistling and cheering.
The band got everyone on their feet, even the seated audience members were up dancing in the aisles. Heaven 17 are a fantastic band to see live and I would highly recommend you do. You will not be disappointed!
There was quite a long interval in-between acts, but with big band set ups like this, it is expected to take a little more time. The downstairs bar was very busy but a lovely member of staff suggested and directed me to the upstairs bar, which was a lot quieter. I didn’t think the bar price were too bad for a venue of this kind.
We took our seats for the main band of the evening “Squeeze”. The stage theatrics and setup looked great. There was a large screen behind the band on stage, which showed a montage of photos and when the photo of The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe came up the audience went crazy.
It was such a great atmosphere! Squeeze played all my favourite songs and as a fan back in the day, I just found the evening mind-blowing. I haven’t been to many gigs like this but it was a great start for me. Of course Squeeze played one of their biggest hits “Up The Junction” they also sang other favourites, “Another Nail in the heart” , “Labelled with Love”, “Black Coffee in Bed” and “Pulling Mussels from a shell” to name a few. Squeeze also sang some newer material, which I enjoyed just as much.
What a night! What a venue! I really look forward to visiting the venue again very soon and I would love to see Heaven 17 & Squeeze again. I just cannot recommended the bands enough. I was a fan back in the day and I am still a fan until this day, especially after seeing the bands perform such a great live show.
For tickets to other dates on the tour visit CLICK HERE but be warned they are selling out fast!
Review courtesy of guest reviews Nigel & Linda