The Longsands, Little Britain launch night at The Star and Shadow cinema. Wednesday, June 22nd
By Paul Marsden
Thursday 30 Jun 2011 16:11:00
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One gets the feeling that something rather special began on Wednesday night in The Star and Shadow.  A band, already ready well known amongst locals and creating great vibes amongst regional press hosted an evening to remember.  A small number of handpicked journalists, music industry maestros along with the bands closest friends and a select few fans were a part of this invite only occasion.  Each and every one of us in for a treat. 

The night dedicated to the promotion of widely anticipated new single Little Britain began in the lounge area of this traditional, coffee house style setting.  Early doors entertainment was provided by the very original and super talented singer/songwriter Craig Wosahlo.  As a warm up act it was refreshing to see the young Wosahlo grabbing the attention of press and Longsands fans alike.  Drawn to his expressive, intense music and gripped by his passion. This was a great way for all prepare for the main event.  Keep your eye out for this lad. 


Following the Craig Wosahlo set and a few complimentary beverages we were lead into the cinema area of the venue by band manager Steve Wraith for the main part of the evening.  A small, authentic, very arty cinema room was the new setting and the intimate, very personal proceedings opened eyes to a fantastic way to witness live music.  This part of the night began with a VT about the band and the work they have been doing to get this far.  Clips of support from famous fans like Iron Mike Tyson, Steve Harmison and Ricky Hatton showed band members Trev, Gaz, Stan, Ian and Paul rubbing shoulders with people that, on this showing, they could one day call their peers.  We were then introduced to the video for Little Britain.   This video works on so many levels.  With the notorious Howard Marks the main focal point and a message that all but the politically biased  would stand by, the Little Britain video, for me would slot perfectly into any MTV playlist.


The band then took to the stage.  A five piece squeezed onto a stage probably only made for three but this added to the feel of the evening.  This is where the boys began to show off their work.  Songs like Chancer, Shut your mouth and let love rain started us off.  Each song with its own message and a different sound.  These lads have something for all tastes.  The Longsands are a bunch of great guys, with a great message, belted out in a massive array of fantastically written songs.  The Longsands worked their way through this set with an effortless swagger although as tight as I had ever seen them before.  Every time I see these guys I am impressed all over again.


The main focus of the night was to celebrate and promote the release of new single Little Britain.   With the video already a YouTube hit I can definitely see this song finding its way into the charts.  Forget the music for a second.  The message alone would have people the length of the country following the lads into any march, protest or rally.   Little Britain looks to question government policies and have a poke at the regulations, censorship and financial struggles that the country as a whole finds itself succumbing to today.  It looks at who caused these problems and how they need to be fixed.  Put all that into a song written with such intelligence and performed with such talent, The Longsands are definitely going places.


An encore and a few thank yous later, all in attendance were encouraged back into the bar for some drinks and a mingle to round the night off.  The Longsands lads made an effort to make sure that all had enjoyed the night although from what I can tell, this was no effort at all.  They are a genuine group of lads reiterated by what became a theme of the night.  They will never forget home, no matter how far they go.


Overall a cracking night at a cracking venue for a cracking cause.  I recommend all to go out and buy Little Britain.  For me, it is the start of something big.


Paul Marsden

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