GIG 151: The Mission / The Newcranes – The Forum, 18th February 1994

Friday night and my third concert in seven days – and the pick of the crop for me as I was getting to see one of my favourite bands again. I was surprised whilst writing this entry that I hadn’t actually seen The Mission since their open air Finsbury Park gig (GIG 087) with New Model Army, Killing Joke, etc, back in June 1991. I’m not sure if they’d just not played London since then, or if I’d missed them (although I’d be very surprised if I’d have missed one of their London gigs if they had played).

Anyway, Friday night, and The Mission were playing The Forum in Kentish Town. I’d seen them at Wembley Arena, Brixton Academy and Finsbury Park before – so The Forum was the smallest venue I had seen them to date.

Now the last couple of times I’d seen The Mission they’d been experimenting a bit with their sound, changing some of the classic tunes by adding in saxophones and whatnot. I hadn’t been so keen on this new approach and whilst I still enjoyed them they weren’t dazzling me as much (at their Brixton gig in particular – GIG 071) as they had done before they started experimenting.

Thankfully The Forum saw them back in form and they played a belter of a concert. Straight back up there as one of the best live bands I’d seen.

Being a Friday night it also meant we could jump on the tube one stop to Camden Town and finish the night off at the Electric Ballroom, dancing away to the wee hours 🙂

The Mission – Severina

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