Slaves took to Twitter yesterday to announce an impromptu show in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. The resulting gig wasn’t pretty, but it was a hell of a lot of fun.
Before the impromptu gig started, the band tweeted: “#MANCHESTER WE ARE PLAYING SOME ACOUSTIC SONGS AT PICCADILLY GARDENS IN 1 HOUR”.
This is pretty much the most punk thing we’ve ever seen. If you take away the acoustic guitar. And the fact that guitarist Laurie Vincent is wearing heart-shaped sunglasses. Okay, it’s not the most punk thing we’ve ever seen.
Look at this guy at the front, in his tracky top, folding his arms and looking disapproving. Can singer Isaac Holman be deterred by his lack of enthusiasm? Not a chance.
There was crowdsurfing aplenty, as Isaac demonstrates here. When Slaves played ‘Sockets’ (from recent album ‘Are You Satisfied’?), one fan also crowdsurfed but was swiftly dropped on his arse, drawing laughter from the band.
It’s safe to say that camera phones played quite a large part in this gig. Well, when else are you going to see a man sat on the floor playing an acoustic guitar?
Around 200 fans turned up for the band’s three-song set. It’s a good job there was a pretty big crowd, as Isaac spent most of it in the air and needed the support.
Although admittedly they did drop him at one point. He conceded that he was a bit winded but played the rest of the gig on the floor. What a trooper.
They also played album title track ‘Are You Satisfied?’, plus an unnamed new song. One fan, Ellie Crossley, summed it up by tweeting her astonishment that a “Costa date” had turned into “a Slaves gig in Manchester”.