With C2C finally over, there is no let up in things to see with at least 3 excellent shows being staged across London on the same night. #TEAMw21 decide to end it by seeing two of the artists that had started it all for us Danielle Bradbery and Midland who had been at the Big Machine Showcase.
Omeara is secreted around the back streets of Borough, as you enter the venue and take a step towards the tiny wooden stage, the walls look a little run down though i'm assured this is a designer distressed look and it makes for a great little space. The stage as mentioned earlier was a small wooden affair with little room one the drums, and guitars were laid out on it. The temperature outside may have had a little nip in the air and perhaps everyone is a little bleary eyed, after all for many this was at least their fifth or sixth consecutive night of country music but no-one was going to miss this we may well never see these artists at a venue this small again.
Danielle Bradbery has done nothing but impress for the whole duration of her stay, whether it be at the Big Machine Showcase, the Indigo for her Radio 2 set or even just by hanging out with the ordinary folk at All Bar One on the Songwriters evening. Tonight she is dressed impeccably in a red top and black trousers, her voice is perhaps got a slightly rougher edge to it than it had 6 days a go but this girl has both sung her heart out and had to deal with the english weather. Upon taking to the stage and seeing how packed the venue was she was slightly taken aback "So close so intimate!"
The set is by now pretty much standard, with as ever "Human Diary" being a stand out song that brought the house down. There was also a first outing in our presence of "Heart Of Dixie" for which absolutely no quarter was spared on those lines "She didn't know till she hit the road". This show was probably the icing on the cake for Danielle and she was able to stop singing during "Sway" to grin as the audience sung the words back to her causing her to exclaim "so cool!". There was one final song with which to finish her first trip to the UK and that was a blistering version of "Worth It".
For Midland this European trip has been something of a tour of duty, a different plane every day, as they are pointed at a stage to perform on, followed by a lack of sleep and an excess of alcohol has led to one final show before they can return to the US. The set is scheduled for 90 minutes but in the end it will run to nearly 2 hours, it will at times seem kitch and ramshackle but I bet if you listen to the playback there will not be a bum note hit all night. There are some startling revelations such as they did not even soundcheck for the Main arena show at the O2 they just walked out and wanted to let it it hit them.
In the flesh they are even more impressive than on their excellent "On the Rocks" album, and they rattled through "This Old Heart" into the Mexican feel of "At Least She Cried" with some shameless posing and some quite wonderful harmonies. Lead singer Mark stood tall with just inches between his head and the low ceiling.
Detailing the events of a Midland gig can require more of a small paperback than a short review so let's try to share a few, the deafening roar that accompanied the completion of "Electric Rodeo" or the audience participation on "Burn Out",