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03 March 2005
The Big Review: The Levellers
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Music reviewer Peter Woods reckons that the Levellers are still one of the best live acts in the country after he went along to their gig at Preston's Mill...

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""The Levellers have played Preston a few times in recent years, each at the Guild Hall, most recently in March 2003, which was recorded for a fan club DVD. It was surprising that this time they decided to play a much smaller venue as part of a small intimate club tour.

The Mill was already packed when the support '3 Daft Monkeys' came on stage. They come from Cornwall, and have a very varied sound, mixing folk with other influences such as punk and reggae. They were very entertaining, and the Levellers have already invited them back to support them in Ireland in April. A lot of people came away (myself included) wanting to hear more by this band.

The Levellers came on stage at five to nine, opening with a track off their new album 'Truth and Lies' which is out in May. More familiar songs 'The Game' and 'Sell Out' followed from their classic album 'Levelling the Land'. A lot of the gigs the Levellers played last year were acoustic ones at festivals and theatres, but playing electric gigs again (especially in such a small venue) seemed to bring a extra found energy into the band.

The majority of the set, though not containing many of their hit singles, contained many of the fans classics, including 'Belaruse', 'Men-an-Tol', 'Fifteen Years', Three Friends' and the band's anthem 'One Way'. Another highlight of the show was the new single 'Make You Happy' which is to be released on 18 April. The set ended with 'The Riverflow'.

Two set of encores followed including 'The Battle of the Beanfield', Liberty', and 'Beautiful Day', the hit single which they have named their own annual festival after, which is held each August in Escot Park, Devon. See Beautiful Days.

The show finished with 'What you Know' from their debut album 'A Weapon Called the World', a song rarely played live in recent years until they started doing the acoustic shows. Overall a great show, proving that the Levellers are still one of the best live acts in the country.

gold dotThe Levellers return to the North West on Saturday 9 April at Warrington Parr Hall.

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