19 December 2019

The SWEET / Novatines – Islington Assembly Hall, London – 18.12.19


A strong 9 song set by the Novatines started the evening off in north London.

The band released their debut LP some 18 months ago and from the flavour of the cuts like Hate Love and Silver Screen the future looks bright indeed for them.

The aforementioned album was produced by Andy Scott who took his usual place on his right side of the stage as his day job The SWEET carried on where the support band finished. The SWEET were one of the darlings of the 1970’s and had between 1971-78 ten top 10 singles including their only UK #1 single , Blockbuster which peaked at the charts for 5 week. All of which , bar one (CoCo) were on tonight’s setlist . The magnificent Action, which never reached the dizzy heights of the top 10 singles, a drum solo and the Russ Ballard penned New York Groove also made the setlist.










                                                                                              The SWEET

The SWEET formed in 1968, released their debut single and LP 3 years later . The classic lineup has well gone with only Andy Scott and Steve Priest who tour with their own respective line ups either side of the Atlantic. Andy Scott , with his long blonde hair has had a few member changes over the years and tonight’s is the strongest in a long while. Vocal duties were in the capable hands of Cats in Space singer Paul Manzi, ever faithful drummer Bruce Bisland and Lionheart pals, Lee Small on bass/vocals and all-round rock talent Steve Mann doing everything else.


The near full venue was dancing, jumping, singing and clapping along with the hits that just kept coming and ending the evening with Blockbuster and Ballroom Blitz which was a very pleasant and fun way to start Christmas off early.


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