Arriving at the White Rabbit half an hour before doors open and taking my place in the already massive queue I fully expected it to be another one of those evenings where by the time I got inside the first act were on their final song. Fortunately this wasn't the case as Dan the owner had rolled up his proverbial sleeves and was working his way through the line collecting tickets and stamping hands ensuring that not only did we get in on time but no valuable pre-band drinking time was lost either.
This was an occasion that I was glad I got in on time, not only so that I could squeeze myself into a vantage point suitable for someone of limited stature in this already packed to capacity event but also to catch opening act, Idiom, an alternative Metal act from Exeter.
Right from their opening number their high energy performance had the crowd jumping and with quite a few of their own fans in the front row joining in with the choruses. Amongst the songs performed was their new single 'Brain Dead' which is available to download for free from their website.
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The crowd seemed to be reeling slightly from the energy and excitement when support act, Plymouth's own Huron, hit the stage and their enthusiasm seemed to wane briefly however by the time Huron were on their second number the crowd had found their second wind and their excitement and enthusiasm reached riotous levels.
The three newer members, Jim, Rohan and Rimmy have certainly found their 'stage feet' since the first time I saw them and add a real boost of energy and vitality to the performance.
The band performed the 'War Party' EP as well as tracks from their 'Mary Celeste' album to the delight of both the ever present Huron Army and pretty much the rest of the crowd.
The moment Skindred vocalist, the flamboyant Benji Webbe hit the stage the crowd went into turbo mode, the Ragga Punk Metal vibes spreading out like a ripples. The crowd eagerly and obediently obeying the request to see hands, hands which stayed up from start to finish.
'Rat Race' and 'Stand For Something' had the crowd bouncing; there was certainly a party atmosphere in the air. This was certainly a gig unlike anything I was used to, during the set Benji had three outfit changes, which from my vantage point seemed to happen miraculously, so unlike the one sweaty shirt per gig bands I am used to seeing.
The venue was packed beyond capacity and the fun fuelled, bouncing crowd put anyone with slightly large feet, like me, in a dangerous position. In between the tracks we were treated to mini versions of Skindred style covers including 'Blitzkrieg Bop' and McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmas Time' to name a couple.
I have to confess for the encore, the aptly named 'Warning', I scarpered to the safety of the back of the venue. This was scarier than any Death Metal Mosh Pit that I had ever been in the middle of... But what a party!!