Members of the troubled garage collective take to the stage for Manchester pop extravaganza...

SO SOLID CREW made a rare live performance in Manchester last night (July 19), following their blighted live campaign.

Members of the crew appeared on the same stage at the Feel The Noise pop extravaganza at the Manchester Evening News Arena, alongside stars like Gareth Gates and Claire Sweeney. The appearance is the nearest that So Solid have been able to get to a major live show, after a winter tour was cancelled last year due to fears about shows attracting violence.

Romeo and Harvey performed their forthcoming solo tracks ‘Romeo Dunn’ and ‘Get Up And Move’ respectively, and Romeo was joined by high-profile crew member

Lisa Maffia. The performances passed without incident.

Of the comeback, Romeo told NME.COM, “It’s good for us and the Crew at the same time, it lets people know that we’re capable of doing it and I’m capable of doing it.”

When asked about further plans to tour, Romeo played it down, saying:

“Everything’s in the pipeline man, we’re keeping our heads down at the moment

because there’s a lot of hype around us. We’re just concentrating on the solo


Lisa Maffia also pledged a return. She said: “We haven’t been out there for a little while on tour, a lot of it got stopped, so it’s nice for us to be back out there and to

actually know that we’re appreciated even though we’ve been gone off the road so long. We’ll be back.”

They also revealed that the new So Solid album, due next year, would be more rap and R&B influenced than their debut ‘They Don’t Know’. Alongside Romeo and Harvey, solo singles and albums are expected this year from Lisa Maffia, Thug Angel and Asher D, along with the second album from Oxide & Neutrino.

Ever since a Crew party at London Astoria last year ended with a man being shot, So Solid have consistently failed to pull off UK live performances. The situation came to a head last December, when a full UK tour was pulled, amid fears of violence. The group were also pulled from the Homelands festival in Winchester on police advice. Instead, the group have been limited to low-key MC performances.

Elsewhere on the Feel The Noise tour, which hits Newcastle Racecourse tomorrow (July 21), Sugababes performed new single ‘Round Round’. Gareth Gates earned the biggest screams of the night.