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CABBAGE. Photo credit: snapagig.com / @snapagig1 on Twitter

MANCHESTER political ranters CABBAGE packed out Stockton’s KU Bar on Friday night (18/11) playing hits from their EPs.

The late set, coming on stage around 1145pm, featured the likes of Le Chou‘s Dinner Lady and Kevin as well as hits from Uber Capitalist Death Trade. Their latest EP, Necroflat In The Palace, featured heavily on the set list with the title track and Grim Up North Korea being highlights from the 45-minute set.

Dressed in tracksuit bottoms and battered trainers, the band have a very distinct style, but it wasn’t long before they were topless. Climbing onto the barrier and swinging from the lights, their set was full of energy and passion.

Their set ended with the quirky Free Steven Avery – stand out lyric: “Death to Donald Trump,” was a high-note for everyone in the crowd.

Cabbage are without doubt one of the biggest new bands of 2016 and this is proven by the fact they are billed as support on Courteeners’ biggest ever show at Old Trafford in May next year. Before then, though, the Mancunians will embark on a headline tour of their own.

A 16-date-tour visiting iconic venues such as Leeds Brudenell, Glasgow Stereo and Leicester Cookie will give them the exposure they so deserve.

Support at KU Bar came from ambient Hartlepool four-piece Plaza who played a string of tracks, new and old, which revved the crowd up nicely. Amongst their half-an-hour setlist was latest single YOUTH; sounding magnificent and anthemic in an intimate venue. Fickle and Origami also featured.

Idle Violets also supported but I missed their set due to the bus coming late. Brilliant.

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Tickets for Cabbage’s headline tour are available here.

Tickets for their show with Courteeners at Old Trafford are available here.


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