REVIEW: The Membranes - 158 Live Blackpool Tower, Tower Eye

John Robb performing with The Membranes at the top of Blackpool Tower as part of its first ever live gig

John Robb performing with The Membranes at the top of Blackpool Tower as part of its first ever live gig

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Having written about it, it seems only right for The Membranes, a band Blackpool born and bred, to perform in the crowning glory of their very own Tatty Seaside Town.

Except most are past putting Blackpool down as tatty any more... certainly anyone who’s had the pleasure of viewing it from the top of the Tower anyway.

It was here that the 80s punk band pushed the boundaries once more as they played the world-famous venue’s first-ever live gig on Friday night.

Billed as one of the loudest bands ever, skilled sound technicians worked to make the music and acoustics just right in a room with a glass floor and countless metal beams to contend with.

Singer John Robb, who formed the band with pals from Blackpool Sixth Form back in the late 70s, said while they’d played a lot of “cool” venues in their time, this was easily the most “unusual”.

Working the room, the ever-charismatic musician-turned-journalist settled any frustrations fans might have had about having had to halve their time spent at the top of the Tower, due to demand for tickets leading organisers to host two gigs in one night to accommodate all.

And even an audience member not yet born when the band were producing top ten albums and singles couldn’t fail to dance along to rousing numbers and be impressed by the vigour of performances.

They were ably supported by Evil Blizzard, Crackousrockanroll, Dysphonia and Jekyll – also Blackpool bands and also loved by the audience.

You know you’ve made it to the top when you have the crowd eating out the palm of your hand while 500ft above the bright lights of Blackpool…

KATIE UPTON