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07/08/17 - Indiependence Festival Review - Hot Press

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06/08/17 Indiependence Festival



Publication: Hot Press
Date: Monday 7th August 2017
Writer: Stephen Keegan


So good were Le Boom that I missed Manic Street Preachers opener 'Motorcycle Emptiness'. Not to worry! Wales' finest played a set dense with hits.

Even without Nicky Wire, sidelined due to family matters, the band were in fine form and clearly relish being able to play songs as good as 'Your Love Alone Is Not Enough' and 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next' every night. Not every band could get away with playing their biggest hit acoustically - but James Dean Bradfield still has one of the finest voices in rock and was more than able to carry 'The Masses Against The Classes'/

Throw in a shoutout to Alan Quinlan - "one of the best cheats I've ever seen" - and only the most ardent of Richey Edwards fans could have left frowning about the lack Holy Bible tracks.

It was a hell of a way to bring a fine weekend to a close...