The Clone Roses @ The Tivoli Buckley review

Posted on 22 November 2010
By Ross Edwards and Karl Jones
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From the very first strums of the distinctive bass line in first song I Wanna be Adored, to the last encore of I Am the Resurrection The Clone Roses had the whole crowd transfixed.

The tribute band were the main act of a Twisted Banana promoted event at the Tivoli in Buckley, North Wales last night. Sold out to the max, the night was a celebration and trip down memory lane of the musical revolution that was Madchester in the late eighties and early nineties.

The crowd were perfectly warmed up with DJ Full Fathom Five (appropriately named after a Stone Roses B-side track) playing contemporary and old time indie classics. The Clone Roses came on to a huge bounce of young and old alike heading to the dance floor and front stage.

Never falling into cheap imitation or too much mimicry the band belted out crowd favourites such as Sally Cinamon, Waterfall and Ten Storey Love Song. Sounding and acting like the real thing, warts and all, the band gave the crowd a momentary glimpse into a past that they still clearly hold dear.

Of course they’re not the real thing, but it’s looking likely that this will be as close as we will ever get to hearing such a great indie band favourite live again. Further dates follow in St Helens, Stoke on Trent and Newport, check out their website for further details.

The Clone Roses were followed by Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) who played a set down on the main dance floor that was a perfect fitting to the indie rock hungry crowd. Working the crowd like a master puppeteer he belted out a perfect track list, with classics from as The Smiths, Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, Kasabian and Super Furry Animals.

The dance floor never lost its vigour as the party goers danced, sang along and drank. Those hungry for a dance headed to the upstairs room where there was a hedonistic repertoire of old skool dance classics from the Hacienda.

The crowd were still there grooving and drinking right up to the 3AM shutting time. As they emptied out onto the street there were whispers of old memories, Spike Island, Blackpool Ballroom and The Hacienda.

The Tivoli in Buckley, North Wales after hosting Fun Lovin Criminals a few months back and Cast this Monday, last night provided further evidence that they are quickly re-establishing themselves as a premiere and quality live act venue.