Sheffield indie stars Reverend and the Makers rocked The Star into a new era with our first live video stream broadcast to a global audience of almost 5,000 people last night, writes Graham Walker.
The Star Live acoustic set - a mix of greatest hits and songs from their forthcoming album, Thirty Two - was watched live inside the Winter Garden by 250 lucky VIPs and competition winners.
But those who couldn’t get a ticket watched our historic first ever live web stream online at thestar.co.uk and we had fans tuning in from Hillsborough to Hawaii, from all over the world, as far away as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Russia.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our video report.
Band front man Jon McClure, or The Reverend as he is known, said afterwards: “It’s been amazing to have thousands of fans watching around the world as we performed in our own city. That’s a first for The Star, Sheffield and for us too. Surrey Street’s never seen owt like it! haha!”.
Graham Walker, The Star’s digital editor, thanked Sheffield City Council, for providing the venue, Mercure St Paul’s Hotel for its hospitality and broadband, to broadcast the gig, and Darren Wain, technical director of Sheffield-based Stream7 Limited, who helped us to stream it.
The concert was in association with The Star’s online entertainments page www.wow247.co.uk.
Graham marked the historical first with the opening words: “Welcome to the future.”
Afterwards he said: “This marks a new era for The Star. It was a case of Reverend and the History Makers. We had streaming issues, but we did it and we’ll get even better at it. Viewing numbers were fantastic.”
Jon started the night with a solo offering of Sex With The Ex and Open Your Window, from debut top five album The State Of Things. He was then joined by guitarist Ed Cosens for Hard Time For Dreamers, from second album A French Kiss in the Chaos.
Next up was new album track, Different Trains, adding bassist Joe Carnall before Laura joined them for a version of What Goes Around, from last album @Reverend_Makers.
Ryan Jenkinson, using an electric drum, completed the band line up for a knockout version of top 10 debut single, Heavyweight Champion of The World.
I Spy, another new track from Thirty Two, followed with help from co-writer, guest Sheffield hit maker Steve Edwards.The finale Shine A Light, voted by the public as this year’s FA Cup theme song.
The band play an in-store set at Sheffield’s HMV in High Street, to launch the album, on Monday, February 24, at 5.30pm.