Took a little trip to Leeds the other weekend to see Suede on the last night of their tour. My third Suede gig, the first being way back in 1999 and the second after a gap of some 15 years in 2014, on my 30th birthday when they played one of the Forestry Commission gigs in Thetford Forest.
Suede are absolutely one of my favourite bands to see live. They just seem to love playing live and are such crowd pleasers. They had no support act on this tour and were playing two sets, the first being their new album, Night Thoughts, in full. I hadn’t quite realised before the gig that the album is actually the soundtrack to a short film, which makes sense as it is stylistically quite cinematic. The film was shown on a semi-opaque screen across the front of the stage, whilst the band played behind, lit up at various times so they could be just seen through the screen. The film is bookended by scenes showing a man ending his life by walking into the ocean, the middle a series of scenes depicting the events that led to that moment, each set to a song. It was dark and intense and captivating and hugely moving.
The second set was a total fan set, as they rolled out hit after hit. The highlight was definitely the first song of the encore, standing just a few feet from Brett, who sat in front of the stage and sang Everything Will Flow with no accompaniment and no microphone.
Otherwise, we had a nice little jaunt around Leeds itself. We returned to an old favourite, the Reliance, for an amazing veggie Sunday roast, and just before the gig spent a fun couple of hours checking out the craft beer and delicious Indian street food in Bundobust. On Monday morning before travelling home, we had a little walk around in the deceptively freezing sun before lunch and coffees at another old favourite, Laynes Espresso. I need to find another excuse to go back to Leeds soon!