It’s been a long time coming, but The Slow Readers Club descended upon Portsmouth on Saturday evening for their highly anticipated debut headline gig in the city. It’s hard to believe that it was their first headline gig in Portsmouth, the band have been pulling steadily increasing crowds at Victorious Festival over the past four years. Even when they’ve not played at the festival (2018), you’d have been hard-pressed not to spot Slow Readers Club t-shirts amongst the crowd. Despite the band being from Manchester, they have a dedicated fanbase and heavy presence in Portsmouth so it was hardly surprising when they sold out the 500 capacity Wedgewood Rooms months in advance.
The band were supported by Devon based indie-electro, singer-songwriter Alice Jemima who brought her own brand of lo-fi pop to the Wedgewood Rooms. Not a stranger to the venue having played there a few years before at the Edge of the Wedge for Dials Fest, she filled the room with her captivating, melodic tracks.
Tonight is the 24th night of The Slow Readers Club‘s 48 date UK and European tour, the first since the band quit their day jobs to do the band full time. Wedgewood Rooms is packed like sardines by this point with what is set to be a sweaty gig for the indie, doom-electro band. The Slow Readers Club’s set took the crowd on a career spanning journey of their three studio albums opening the set with the dominant, euphoric ‘Lunatic’. Rapturous crowd participation was in full force and it’d have been a struggle to find anyone not singing along to the bands hits such as ‘I Saw A Ghost’, ‘Block Out The Sun’ and ‘Plant The Seed’.
The gig saw the band play brand new single ‘The Wait’ which fit like a glove amongst their other tracks and also went down well with the crowd. The lack of encore was refreshing with the band drawing their set full of anthems to a close with ‘On The TV’, the current single from their latest album ‘Build A Tower’. It was a performance that boasts the capabilities of a band that will surely be selling out venues three, even four times the size before long.
Chants of “Readers! Readers!” could be heard as far away as Fratton train station after what was, as predicted, a rather special The Slow Readers Club gig and a stand out one to be remembered.