The Topman 24 tour returned this month, bringing with it Irish rhythm and blues lovers The Strypes and Reading’s rising rock stars The Amazons, plus DJ and music quiz host Nick Grimshaw. Over the course of five dates, there was illness, stage invasions, quiz victories and losses, instore DJ sets, facepaint, hangover breakfasts and lots and lots of shots. With gigs in Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Edinburgh, the tour went all across the UK, leaving a trail of sweaty fans and messy venues in its wake. It’s all over now, but here’s some of the best snaps of the jaunt.
Someone's getting in the spirit outside the Topman 24 airstream...
Nick Grimshaw kicks things off in Cardiff with a DJ set inside the city's Topman store, much to this lady's delight.
No good music quiz is complete without a tray or several of sugary shots.
Quizzers get involved in recreating classic album sleeves. Here, some expert make-up application will result in 'Aladdin Sane'.
And here's the finished article. Pretty good going if you ask us.
Madness' 'One Step Beyond' artwork requires a bit of poise and balance from this ambitious lot.
Pete and Carl look a bit different at Cardiff Students' Union.
Aladdin Sane gets animated as the results are read out at the Welsh leg of the tour.
The Amazons and The Strypes get up close and personal at Clwb Ifor Bach before doors open for the first night of the Topman 24 tour.
Reading quartet The Amazons bring big rock riffs and hair-flicking skills to the opening slot of the tour.
The Amazons warmed up for The Strypes on each night of the tour except for Edinburgh.
As the roadies pack away, this gang get a quick souvenir snap in in front of the backdrop.
Shades and suit jackets on, The Strypes cut a suave figure throughout the five dates.
Each night, The Strypes gave fans a reason to be cheerful, playing 17 tracks in each set from their two albums.
Bassist Pete O'Hanlon strikes a pose mid-song.
The tour also visited Birmingham O2 Institute, Liverpool Zanzibar, Leeds Belgrave Music Hall and Edinburgh Students' Union, provoking scenes such as these at each date.
Fans grab the mic and join in with The Strypes' infectious songs on a particularly rowdy night of the tour.
Some very happy fans pose for a post-show photo to show just how delighted they are with the gig.
Some nights the fans even ended up on the stage with the band, creating chaos and an electric atmosphere.
It's smiles all round as the tour comes to a close and a sweaty Strypes meet their equally sweaty, adoring public.