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GALLERY: Weller rocks Alive at Delapre

By Northampton Herald & Post  |  Posted: July 20, 2013

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Thousands of delighted music fans sang along to the ‘Modfather’ Paul Weller as the first night of Alive at Delapre drew to a successful conclusion.

The Herald & Post livetweeted the event and provided live coverage of audience reaction on social media on our Alive at Delapre page here,

Paul Weller headlined the first of three nights of music at Delapre Abbey last night to a sell out seven thousand crowd.

Fans were queuing hours before the 6 o’clock opening ready to watch one of the biggest names to play in Northampton to date. As the sun shone over Delapre Park, it was clear that the audience were about to witness something special as the Friday feeling embraced everyone.

With an audience ranging from small children dressed in Weller t-shirts right through to aging Mods it was very clear that this was the hottest ticket in town.

The location itself was a fitting venue for both acts. The first act came in the form of psychedelic indie rockers TOY. Despite the majority of the audience remaining seated throughout their brief set, the London outfit were met with warm applause as their haunting riffs seemed to blend in with the setting sun.

When the time finally arrived, the Modfather took to the stage sporting a somewhat casual look for the man infamous for being immaculate, wearing a t-shirt with suit trousers. Even the Mod royalty was feeling the heat of late. No time was wasted however as Weller burst straight into Sunflower, proceeding to play hit after hit to this sold out audience in a set that lasted two and a half hours.

The set closed with A Town Called Malice and the classic Jam rant That’s Entertainment was a firm favourite with the audience.

Considering this was the first event of its kind to take place at Delapre it seemed to be a resounding success.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council commented: “I think it’s been a really good night and everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves It’s great for raising the profile of Northampton and something we hope will become a regular feature on the Northampton calendar.”

The sound system could not be bettered and the audience enjoyed a friendly and united atmosphere. As for the performance itself Weller was faultless, but then what else would you expect from the king of the Mods?

Alive at Delapre continues with The Wanted supported by Lawson tonight and James Morrison supported by new talent Bo Bruce.

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