Review: Frank Turner at The HexagonBy Caroline Cook
November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15
The Hexagon, Reading
'Come on Reading' is something Frank Turner has shouted a lot over the last few years.
He's a Reading Festival regular - he's played the last five years, made the main stage in 2011 and even managed to sneak on stage this year with side project Mongol Horde, despite not being down to appear himself.
But while he always goes down well at the festival, as he said himself last night, it was great to see him playing a 'proper' gig.
Joined by his band The Sleeping Souls Frank played a stomping set, turning the Hexagon into nothing short of a party by the end of the night.
Opening track I Am Disappeared saw arms in the air, woops and cheers, and set the tone for a high-energy evening.
Unlike the festival setting, where welly-wearing wanderers might catch a glimpse of him for the first time, there was a feeling of adoration inside The Hexagon - this was a crowd that had a lot of love for Frank.
Tracks like The Road and Peggy Sang the Blues set a steady pace for the start of the night with well-known track Long Live the Queen sounding slightly rockier than the recorded version and going down a storm.
Slowing down the pace with folky songs Substitute and Rivers, Frank then whipped the crowd into a dancing frenzy with a new track, which saw the repeated refrain 'I want to dance', turn the crowd into a bopping, twisting, moshing mass.
The seated folks were out of their chairs as lights flashed manically and Frank got back to his punk roots with rasping vocals and furious instrumental from the Sleeping Souls behind him.
With the night rounded up by Eulogy and sing-a-long Photosynthesis a hot and sweaty Frank Turner left the stage with a 'thank you Reading' - another line he has shouted from the main stage at Reading Festival many times before.
Hopefully Frank will be back to the festival next year, winning over new fans who stumble across his set and playing to fans from the crowd last night, who will without doubt make him a priority on their festival checklist after last night.