Hot off the back of a string of European festival appearances Hayseed Dixie made a welcome return to the North East.
Having played a sold out show at the O2 Academy in Newcastle earlier in the year the local fans gave the band a warm welcome at the packed out Loveshack in Durham. Front man John Wheeler questioned the audience as to why they weren’t on holiday rather than spending the evening, but the band most certainly appreciated their presence.
Hayseed Dixie‘s set tonight primarily consists of “Rockgrass” covers of the likes of AC/DC’s “Hells Bells”, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and drinking song “Tolerance”. According to the band, their are only four things needed for any song and that’s drinking, cheating, killing and hell and tonight it appears they covered all of those bases.
The show was interspersed with light hearted humor with the likes of Coldplay and Mumford and Sons becoming target for their mocking much to the audience’s amusement, along with comical yet affectionate numbers like ‘I’m Keeping Your Poop’. The band seemed to be enjoying themselves almost as much as the audience who hung on every word of “Free Bird”.
The night was brought to a close with Hayseed’s brilliant DJ Yoda inspired mash-up featuring a medley of numbers from the likes of Pink Floyd, AC/DC and George Michael tracks rolled into an all out rockgrass free for all, leaving the crowd wanting more.
Hayseed Dixie are thoroughly entertaining, they play feel good music as it’s best. Testify.