I've always been a fan of The Divine Comedy aka Neil Hannon's most popular songs, but it wasn't until I began using Spotify that I really discovered how good his music was. I found that he had recorded so many albums over the years. So much genius and varied style. Fellow Irish band Pugwash were supporting with their familiar Hannon-like sound. A fitting introdution. The highlight of their performance was Meeting Mr. Miandad from the Duckworth Lewis Method album, in which Neil actually made an appearance for that one song, and then quickly rushed off stage again.
|Neil Hannon @ The Festival Hall, London. 7th November 2012|
There were also two special guests. Tom Chaplin from Keane made an appearance and sang Love What You Do, and Alison Moyet then did a performance of Don't Go from her Yazoo days. Then she sang Neil's The Certainty of Chance. All in all it was fantastic, although I was disappointed that such classics as Come Home Billy Bird, Generation Sex and Commuter Love didn't make it into the set list, but you can't expect everything from a guy with such a big back catalogue of great songs! Even with two encores, it all ended in time for me to catch the 23:05 train home. I was back by 2am, which, even by my regular standards, isn't bad going.
Below is a rough video I took of Alison Moyet performing Don't Go.