Mike + The Mechanics at The Sands Centre, Carlisle - live review
Venue: The Sands Centre, Carlisle
Mike Rutherford and co roll up at one of Carlisle's plushest venues
Variety shows, panto and the odd Floyd tribute act are the usual fare at Carlisle’s plush Sands Centre, which even tonight seems to be doing better trade in ice cream than at the bar. Still, raucous applause greets Mike Rutherford and his current Mechanics as they take their places amongst brightly coloured flight cases on the cluttered stage. The band immediately throw a curveball with Are You Ready, one of many new tracks aired from the forthcoming Let Me Fly album, and one that showcases lively singer Tim Howar, although it’s curious that the upbeat opener has both Rutherford and Anthony Drennan on guitars and no one on bass, even though both trade four and six strings for the rest of the evening.