Lovely Eggs rock Clitheroe

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CURRENTLY on tour and seemingly developing their own clothing range, Lancaster’s The Lovely Eggs rocked The Grand Venue in Clitheroe on Saturday night.

Whether the gruesome twosome (see the band’s new music video Food for confirmation of this description), knew that the release of their new scarf range would coincide with Blackburn Rovers’ relegation from the Premier League, is anyone’s guess.

But the sentiment printed on the blue and white footie style scarves, also the name of one of the Eggs’ songs, must surely reflects the current mood of the team, and last time I heard the scarves had sold out.

The Grand Venue is owned by the Lancaster Foundation, which recently purchased The Midland Hotel in Morecambe.

The venue, a former cinema, is a state-of-the-art centre for music and performance, with top of the range recording facilities and unbelievable acoustics.

So we got to hear The Lovely Eggs perform their ever-growing repertoire of “songs about things we know about” through a world class sound system, and it sounded great.

Holly Blackwell’s stage presence and engagement with the audience was confident, relaxed and humorous, more than filling the space left in the huge auditorium by the relatively small audience, which included some of the town’s punk fraternity, and the married couple’s engagement with each other was a joy to be a part of too.

Having released two solid albums with constant plays and mentions on trendsetting radio station BBC 6Music, and hitting the road for hundreds of gigs across the world, Holly and David have now honed a set that is not only “bizarre and cuckoo”, but also professional, relevant and life affirming.

Singles Allergies, Panic Plants, I Like Birds But I Like Other Animals Too, Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordion, Food and the mighty Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It) spearheaded a set filled with irresistably ridiculous everyday musings and observations – perfectly off key.

I can’t help but compare The Lovely Eggs’ humour to that of the Lancashire Hotpots, although more leftfield, and with both, things we all see every day take on a zany slant and remain that way afterwards. Infectious, I think, is what they call it.

The set left me and my home town friends with big smiles and a sense that we shouldn’t take life so seriously, which we most certainly don’t anyway, but it’s always a pleasure to see this notion played out on stage.

The Lovely Eggs play Edinburgh tonight, Thursday, with more gigs including London, Cardiff, and Brighton to follow as part of a 17-gig tour in 17 days.

They return to The Yorkshire House in Lancaster on June 23.

They would also have been playing Clapham’s Rough Beats Festival, set to take place on June 8 – 10, but it has now been cancelled.

The news follows the cancellation of the festival’s Saturday night headliner, New York rapper Azealia Banks, two weeks ago.

In a statement accompanied by a short video that included items of fruit singing to Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together, the festival organisers said: “This is a huge personal blow and incredibly disappointing as we truly believed that the brilliant line-up, the amazing collaborators and the physical and financial investment made by everyone involved was a winning formula, and that we were on course to produce one of the most talked about music events of the summer. Anecdotally, on the blogs and in the press, everything suggests that people are excited about the event and planning on coming.

“However, it is proving to be a very difficult environment for festivals. The decision to cancel has not been made lightly – indeed it goes against every instinct of our hearts – but not to do so would put all the contractors, contributors, artists, traders and suppliers at risk of substantial losses.

“Rough Beats Festival, although small, has always tried to be ambitious and, over the last nine years, it has reflected the character of the individuals putting it on and the personality of those who have attended and performed.”

The statement added that tickets bought online would be refunded automatically, but those that had not received the money by Friday, May 18, should email ticket details to roughbeatsfestival@redroomevents.co.uk with the subject line “Ticket Refund”.

“Tickets bought from outlets will be refunded in the shop.

Organisers Mike McSherry, Dominic McSherry, Tony Frances, Brendan McSherry, Fionn McSherry and Kieron McSherry said: “We have to take stock financially, physically and emotionally over the next few weeks before we can consider what’s next.

“Please feel free to leave your feedback on the facebook page – positive and negative – and we’ll keep you updated with any developments.”