REVIEW: Festive party at Gliderdrome review by Dave Peatling

Gliderdrome, Boston
Gliderdrome, Boston

Christmas got under way at the Gliderdrome with their annual ‘biggest Boston party’ featuring three acts from the previous 12 months.

A capacity crowd soon got into the spirit of the season thanks to Liam Maddison. I missed him on his first visit but have to say he is certainly someone I wouldn’t mind seeing again.

He gave us a medley of songs to suit everyone’s taste, highlights being Midnight Hour (always a favourite with the Glider faithful) and Dancing in the Moonlight. It’s a notorious bad spot to be on first in any show but Liam worked hard and managed to get many dancers on the floor.

Second on stage were Just4Kicks who got things under way with an excellent tribute to Robbie Williams followed by songs from the Hollies, Manfred Mann and ELO. Once again they had ‘guest stars’ in the guise of compere/DJ Steve Greenhough and Roland Brown (Little Willie). Roland performed two Sweet numbers, Blockbuster and Wigwam Bam before Steve and the band delighted the crowd with Marc Bolan songs and Bay City Rollers’ Shangalang. The dance floor’s reaction to the latter song bodes well for the April dance, featuring Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers.

Top of the bill were Soul Solution, a 10-piece band who kept the crowd on the floor with popular soul songs with Chain of Fools, Superstition and Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher being received well. The two lead singers were well backed and, again, would be welcomed back some time in the future.

An excellent night to get the Christmas period off to a great start. Only one critical ‘comment’ from me – where were all the Christmas songs?