“The Barstool Preachers at St Georges Hall, Bradford: Fueling the Flames for a Night of Rock”
Review and photos by Paul McWilliams
The stage was set, and the anticipation was palpable as the historic St Georges Hall in Bradford prepared to host Terrorvision’s 30th-anniversary show on November 3rd. For many, it was an evening filled with nostalgia and high-energy rock, but the night kicked off with an electrifying performance by a band I hadn’t listened to before – The Barstool Preachers. As I took my seat in the beautifully ornate theatre, I couldn’t help but feel that this was going to be a night to remember.
St Georges Hall, with its rich history and stunning architecture, was a fitting venue for live music. It exudes an air of grandeur that’s perfect for a night of rock and punk. The anticipation in the room was palpable, with fans eagerly awaiting the headlining act, Terrorvision. However, before the main event, it was time for The Barstool Preachers to set the stage ablaze, and they did so with finesse.
High-energy punk rock was on the menu, and it was exactly what the crowd needed to get into the groove. From the moment The Barstool Preachers took the stage, it was evident that their goal was to ignite the audience’s energy, and they did just that. The crowd was instantly captivated by the band’s spirited performance, and it didn’t take long for everyone to be singing along and fully immersed in the experience.
Tom McFaull, the charismatic frontman of The Barstool Preachers, was a true force to be reckoned with. He used the stage effectively, moving with an infectious enthusiasm that drew the audience in. His interactions with the crowd were a highlight, as he encouraged sing-alongs, clapping, and an overall sense of unity among concertgoers.
The band’s set was a relatively short half-hour, but it was a high-octane rollercoaster of punk rock energy. The setlist consisted of some of their most notable tracks, starting with ‘Choose My Friends.’ From the opening chords, it was clear that this was a band with a powerful stage presence, and the crowd responded in kind.
‘One Fool Down’ and ‘Love The Love’ followed suit, maintaining the energy levels and keeping the audience engaged. The songs were catchy and resonated with the crowd, who sang along with fervour. The Barstool Preachers’ music had a distinctive blend of punk and rock elements that made it easy for new listeners like me to get into the groove.
‘Flatlined’ and ‘Worlds End’ were further proof of the band’s prowess in delivering songs that hit you right in the gut, and the crowd loved every moment of it. The band’s performance was a harmonious explosion of sound and emotion, and their high-energy approach had everyone on their feet.
The highlight of their set, in my opinion, was ‘8.6 Days (all the broken hearts).’ This song showcased the band’s songwriting and performance skills in a way that resonated deeply with the audience. It was an anthem of unity and resilience, and the crowd’s response was electric. The whole room seemed to reverberate with the collective energy of both the band and the audience.
The set came to a thrilling close with ‘Bar Stool Preachers,’ leaving the crowd with a lasting impression of the band’s distinctive style and remarkable showmanship. It was clear that The Barstool Preachers had done their job as the support act, setting the stage for a night of musical celebration.
In conclusion, The Barstool Preachers’ performance at St Georges Hall, Bradford, was an exhilarating introduction for me to a band I hadn’t listened to before. Their high-energy punk rock, masterfully led by Tom McFaull, set the tone for an unforgettable night of music. Despite their relatively short set, the band’s ability to engage the audience and create a sense of unity was nothing short of remarkable. Their memorable performance was a perfect prelude to the headlining act, Terrorvision, and added an extra layer of excitement to an already memorable evening of live music.