This may be controversial but I'm not a big fan of being a fan. I would class Turin Brakes as one of my favourite bands but to be honest I've only properly listened to two of their albums. For a band who have been around over 15 years and clocked up a score of records, this is a pretty poor effort on my part.
So I did the usual thing I do when seeing a 'favourite' band: I dutifully listened to their latest album (in this case 2015's Lost Property) all the while hoping they'd play some of the old classics.
All I can say is Turin Brakes played a blinder - none of this "disseminate our new material"; their set was dominated by anthems of the The Optimist LP (2001) and Ether Song (2003) era.
The band's sound is low-fi but beatsy indie but with a compelling cyclical quality, beautifully shepherded by Olly Knights evocative voice and curious and curiouser lyrics: "Cubscouts are screaming, needing icescreaming and all the pleasures of June"('Feeling Oblivion').
The crowd reflected their eclectic appeal - the usual suspects (glasses, band t-shirt, serious expression) were joined by tattooed skin-heads and mother and daughter combos, all of whom were singing and jigging along.
Note to other bands - by the look of the queue at the merch stand, allowing people to reconnect with why they loved you in the first place is a great way to promote your latest offering. If all bands were like this I could give up pre-gig "homework" for good!