Piney Gir, Crack Foxes, The Wimmins’ Institute & Argonaut

April 30, 2016
The Lexington, London

This all-ages matinee show was designed to introduce kids to live music while letting their parents get out to a show without the desperate hunt for a babysitter.  By the time Piney Gir took to the stage, it was already filled with balloons and face-painted youngsters. Soundcheck has never been so popular!

Piney Gir

Some of the kids simply never left the stage. Special mention to the tiny tiger who studiously played hus trumpet through the entire show – occasionally in time!

Audience

The set was split for short attention spans, with interludes of poetry about David Bowie and a spooky story.  Your eyes do not deceive you, there was also a giant bumblebee!

Piney Gir

Poet

Piney Gir

Piney Gir

Importantly, the performance was as professional and vibrant as ever, despite the distractions.  Piney Gir delivered the same accomplished, sunny indie-pop songs with delightfully dark undertones that recently delighted American audiences.

Piney Gir

Piney Gir

Piney Gir

Piney Gir

Piney Gir

Crack Foxes also preserved their frenetic, punky vibe, drawing the kids into the music rather than watering it down for them.  Picture a group of 2 to 7 year olds being taught to sing along to Hole’s Rock Star, and them them and their grunge-era parents pogoing to the Nirvana classic Molly’s Lips.  Brilliantly, when asked if the music was too loud, one kid shouted “Not loud enough!”  Another little live music convert exclaimed “I want the setlist!”

Crack Foxes

Crack Foxes

Crack Foxes

Crack Foxes

Crack Foxes

The Wimmins’ Institute dressed up for the occasion; four sparkly Elsas and a misguided pirate (the pirate theme was actually meant for the next show).  They promised not to swear (this time…probably) and delivered a lively performance with plenty of in-jokes for the adults.  There were songs about Nando’s, a punk rock Let It Go, and a rather brilliant careers advice/feminist tune about being a pirate.  Sample lyric: “pirates don’t need willies!”

Th Wimmins' Institute

Th Wimmins' Institute

Th Wimmins' Institute

The Wimmins' Institute

The Wimmins' Institute

Opening act Argonaut knew their audience and engaged them with party bag gifts, musical statues and bananas! They had the little ones dancing and singing along in no time.  A highlight was when the lead singer’s young son stormed the stage for an impromptu duet – surely a rock star in the making!

Argonaut

Argonaut

Argonaut

That was the great thing about this all-ages event – it got kids engaged with live music a good decade before than they might normally discover it.  It wouldn’t be at all surprising if several were inspired to take up instruments and a lifelong love of music.

Audience

Audience

Like what you see?  There are more photos of the show over on Flickr; follow me there for over 1,500 concert photos and future updates.  You can also follow me on Facebook, @redrospective on Twitter and here on WordPress for photography, reviews and music news.

For privacy I’ve only included photos of kids if their faces are obscured or painted but if you have any objections, please do let me know.

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