Lighthouse Family (Guildhall, Portsmouth – 29/02/2020) ★★★★★

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The lighthouse family, one of the most successful bands in the late 1990s – early 2000s are back after a eighteen year hiatus since their last studio album (Whatever Gets You Through the Day ) to their new album “Blue Sky in Your Head”. They have been on tour around the UK, not sure if all the venues are small and intimate but the Guildhall in Portsmouth certainly is and that clinched for me, their comeback tour.  The hall only holds around 2000 people, but being small meant it was up close and personal, it took you back to when concerts were done without any computer graphics, just music, lights and mirror balls along with Tunde’s gentle moves and rich, powerful vocals, made for a great show.

The duo started with Postcards from Heaven, then Tunde told a story of how his Five year old daughter inspired him to pen “Put my heart on you” then classic ‘Lifted’ came next.

There were renditions of “Question of Faith”, “Live Again”, “Lost in Space”,” Clouds” and High.

Throughout the set there was chat from both band members Paul Tucker (keyboard) but it was Tunde’s distinctive vocals that held everyone’s attention.  And when the opening chords of Ocean Drive rang out, the crowd couldn’t stop themselves from singing along and dancing in their chairs thus bringing the main set to an end, the crowd wanted more, easily the best hit of the night.

The show ended with “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be” Free/One, everyone went home with happy faces and fond memories. I loved the simplicity of this show and the fact that you could hear the singing voice behind the mic which made it even more enjoyable. It deserves 5 Stars.

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