There was a slight delay getting everyone into the main upstairs room and when we arrived we saw that they'd set up a barrier keeping us yobbos a metre or so away from the stage, which was something I'd never seen before and I did rather wonder about. There wasn't really any evidence during the gig that it was needed and they've never had it before but perhaps they'd had a bad experience somewhere and become paranoid. The first support band was a guy with a guitar mostly and was pretty unremarkable, so I shan't remark upon him. The second was called something like "Larry Love singers" or something and was a few of the band members playing cut down kind of acoustic versions of A3 tracks. There were some quite nice mixes and we did go ahead and buy the album of that stuff (released under the A3 name) later. So that was kind of charming.
At last it was time for the main event and they did not disappoint. I've never been to a duff A3 gig and this was no exception. One thing I did notice, as Dwayne was silhouetted against the swirlling white light surrounded by twisting smoke was how good the light show was. It fitted to the music really well, with nice dramatic touches like going almost completely to black with one bright white spinning light behind them for the classroom part of Mao Tse Tung Said. I'm bad at describing things like this, and I think that even if I had thought to bring my camera, it wouldn't have been able to capture the moment, kodak to the contrary. You just have to be there sometimes, it's just not reproducible. The set was great - a nice combo of old favourites and newer stuff (although not anything brand new) and if they did milk the pre-encore applause, perhaps it was no more than their due.