“This first drink goes out to you guys” says Faderhead mastermind Sammi down the mic, as he takes a slug from his bottle of vodka before showering the rest on the crowd and playing the signature piece ‘Dirty Girls, Dirty Bois‘. This is one night that the founding member of Faderhead won’t forget in a hurry.
Saturday, November 6, sees Sammi turn 27, and he does it with style in Sheffield with good friends (and locals) Uberbyte supporting. “I always love playing in the UK; he explains, “which is why I chose to perform; here tonight.”
Before that though, the night’s music starts with a bang as the Sheffield natives take to the stage. Dressed all in red and pumping out a barrage of dance floor-baiting beasts to the eager masses. Vocalist Rich and the gang start with the nu-industrial classic ‘(Stand Up) For Uberbyte‘ alongside the anthemic party track ‘If It Gets Hard (F*** It)‘. “This new album is better heard live,” Rich announces before powering through an energetic set. Ending with the track ‘Money Shot’, that is accompanied by their mascot for the recent US tour, an unnamed blow-up doll. “She’s called Dave isn’t she?” Rich asks the band jokingly before they close on blistering form.
The night progresses with the entrance of headliner Faderhead. Smoke bellows and out of it comes Sammi. He pleases the crowd with a grin, a wave and a few choice words then dives in with a mixture of classics and new songs. ‘Break Apart Again‘ plays heavily and makes the northern throng nod their heads. “This is the first time I’ve had a birthday party in nine years”, says the singer. The audience then continues a resounding “Happy Birthday” in response. He then dedicates the fantastic cover and fan favourite ‘Sexy Back‘ to a girl in the crowd who has turned 18 and is also celebrating. The emphatic standout tonight is the powerful final offering, ‘TZDV‘.
Following the set’s conclusion, the night continues upstairs as the after-party got underway. Sammi spends his evening circling the venue, posing for photos and generally enjoying himself. “It’s a fantastic place to spend a birthday, I only hope I can remember it” he laughs.
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