Review: Mark Thomas at The Standard

March 23, 2011 11:52 pm

I’ll start by saying that this is more of an account than a review. The gig was a Fire Brigades Union (FBU) benefit gig, with a variety of acts, the headliner being Mark Thomas. I had a fab night, and it was great to see a ‘big name’ like Mark Thomas performing alongside some local bands at a local venue.

Photo of Marxist magician

Ian Saville

Ian Saville, a Marxist magician, kicked off the night. As a lefty who is into political philosophy, it’s fair to say that he was right up my street. The ventriloquism act with Karl Marx was truly inspired and bloody hilarious.

Photo of Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Next up was Mark Thomas. He came on around 9ish and was on stage for about 35 minutes. A cracking set it was too. Perhaps not the headliner slot that was expected, but you know, it was funny, it was a slot outside of his tour (as far as I can tell), the place was packed out, so fair play to him. The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone was lapping it up.

Mark Thomas is a tough act to follow but Steve White & The Protest Family played a tight set. Some good banter, around 8 or 9 songs which sounded great, I happily enjoyed them! Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee finished things off with a run through some rock riffs. I must admit, by that time I was ready to head home.

Photo of Steve White & The Protest Family

Steve White & The Protest Family

Overall, a wicked evening and it was fantastic to rock up to the Standard and see a queue outside. There was a real buzz in the place. There were also some massive chaps – I’m a tall guy who can usually see at gigs, but these firefighters were big dudes! Also managed to meet some Stowsceners who were all lovely. Thanks for coming to say hello, Walthamstow Scene hearts you right back! Overall, a great night, and kudos to Steve White and Walthamstow Folk, who I understand organised it. I had me a ball, thanks!


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