The Sweetbeats, live at Norwich Arts Centre, Saturday 5th October, 2013 – review
The Sweetbeats are a highly accomplished and fun band, who don’t play open, public gigs in the city all too often, but when they do it is accompanied with a real sense of occasion and is not short on style. It’s easy to see why they are such an in-demand band for private functions.
As with their show here last year, this one was another sell out, and within moments of taking to the beautifully decorated stage (complete with bunting, astroturf and flowers) they had the whole audience dancing to their infectious blend of ska, reggae and rocksteady which was a healthy mix of covers and originals. Clearly everyone in the audience was having a terrific time and everywhere I looked I saw smiling faces, onstage and on the dancefloor. With vocals primarily by Saffron and Sophie they are superbly accompanied by a great rhythm and brass section, and a wonderfully 2-tone style keyboard player adding to the overall ska feel. Each musician is a class act and the girls have beautiful harmonies. A wonderful eight-piece band, featuring sax, trombone, double bass, guitar, drums and keyboards.
After performing two full sets the night came to a close with a massive ovation from a delighted crowd.
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