‘One day like this a year’...a few more days like this a year would cement Bridlington Spa’s place as one of Yorkshire’s best live music venues.
Elbow put on a stunning show in the packed Royal Hall on Tuesday night.
Frontman Guy Garvey had a pint in one hand and the crowd in the palm of the other for the whole of their two hours on stage.
A master storyteller and audience conductor, he is a craftsman when it comes to songwriting and delivers with a real warmth on stage.
Three pints in and he was telling Yorkshire jokes, four pints in he was analysing the figires on the Spa’s “decadent dome” and by the fifth he was trying to work out how many chips had been sold in Bridlington that day.
When he suggested the Bridlington crowd was “amazing”, you got the impression he was being genuine.
Tracks from the Bury band’s new album Little Fictions were mixed in with the biggest hits from The Seldom Seen Kid, the album which won them the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, and other favourites from recent years.
The Bones of You, New York Morning and My Sad Captains were among the highlights, while latest single Magnificent more than lived up to its name.
And Grounds For Divorce was a rousing end to the encore.
But One Day Like This was what everyone had come to hear. And they were not disappointed when given the opportunity to sing along.
Support had come from Glasgow’s C Duncan, who said he was thrilled to be given the chance to play in such “a beautiful place”.
He came across as one of the most polite men in music and his dreamy pop and folk got the evening off to a laid-back start.
But it was Elbow, and Garvey, who stole the show.