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Old 22nd April 2014, 11:22 AM
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Default The Institute, sat 19 april

Where do I begin?
WOW, doesn't do it justice but its all I kept saying on Saturday night.
We had done the 2 Dublin shows and thought that was it for us this tour but as usual, it just wasn't enough, so just one more...in Brum...perfect!

After a few msgs to the usual suspects,sorting out meeting time and place, we ended up in the Plug bar right beside the venue at about 5.30.
The ladies what Q...were doing their thing,holding fast to their place at the top and rightly so. Had a quick chat and then had a few beers next door.
First to arrive was morgs, then sarah k, johnny p and his mate Nolan, mr sid and his pal bruce and then a surprise visit by hels. we had the best laugh, catching up and discussing the night ahead. we heard rumours that people in the seated area weren't allowed to dance...what is this, Russia? we cried in disbelief...then laughed as we knew it wouldn't stop UB40 fans.

We wandered in at around 8.30 and squeeeeeeeezed our way to about the
10th row maybe. it was rammed, everyone in great spirits.
The lights dimmed, the intro music started and I got goosebumps again..
here we go.
from start to finish it was polished, flawless, perfection.
Every single band member enjoys themselves up there and it translates to us in the crowd...we feed off their energy and they off ours.
Duncan has come alive so much on this tour, he sings loud and proud, he dances, he laughs, he fecks up every now and then...we love him.
His vocals are second to none!
Early B, Robin and Norman are also magnificent with their songs...its a party and we are all having the time of our lives.
During a lot of the songs, I just leant back against Tik, closed my eyes and floated away with the music, I was in heaven. swaying to that reggae beat, it definately changed my heart riddim
Hearing Rob dedicate his song to his missus was so sweet.
We managed to call Carolanne and Fi during the gig a few times, we wanted them there with us, hearing what we could hear.
we screamed hello etc down the phone and hoped they understood us above the loud wonderful music.
All too soon it was over, but we were elated, on THAT buzz that only a UB40 gig can give you.
We headed upstairs to the aftershow party for a couple of hours and managed to chat with the guys and thank them for yet another fantastic night.
I said a quick hello to Mammy Campbell, what a lovely lady, she is so proud of her boys and who could blame her?
Jimmy noticed Tik wasn't there yet..and asked about him in a way that only Jimmy can
Lesley...my funny friend, we laughed til we cried, thanks for the giggles and how you managed to spell every word right in your pm when you got home, i'll never know lol!
We had the best night ever and I've already said it but I'll say it again...
Thank you to the loonies that spent the night with us and thank you to the band and extended UB family for your hospitality.. we love you all x

Its now over to all the other loonies and fans at the upcoming shows across Europe...enjoy every minute.
~Bring your sweet loving..bring it on home to me..yeah~
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Old 22nd April 2014, 02:25 PM
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great review! thanks for posting!
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Old 22nd April 2014, 02:28 PM
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it was amazing night i guess ! thanks for this GREAT review Shaz
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Old 22nd April 2014, 03:12 PM
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Wow, great review Shaz - I was there with you

Great memories eh x

My dad, my hero x
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Old 22nd April 2014, 06:12 PM
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Review and a half there Shaz. I felt like I was there with you. Oh wait, I was but you brought the excitement flooding back
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Old 22nd April 2014, 08:55 PM
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Oh yes fabulous review, Shaz, thanks for sharing, really enjoyed reading that. Such a magical time with the nicest of people and best music ever BIG LOVE x
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Old 22nd April 2014, 09:11 PM
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lovely seeing you Shaz x
Hels x
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Old 22nd April 2014, 11:21 PM
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wonderful review.......................
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