Sheffield indie superstars Reverend and the Markers treated local fans to a top gig as their newly-released album began storming its way to chart success.
The band’s new album, Thirty Two, was released yesterday and is already tipped for a top 10 mid-week chart position thanks to thousands of pre-orders.
A queue of over 200 fans snaked up Fargate for the gig and album signing session at HMV in Sheffield city centre.
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Frontman Jon McClure said: “We’re hopefully going to get some chart action - we’re currently in the top 10 on iTunes and overall. So, you never know, we could have a mini indie hit on the cards.
“It’s a testament to our fans. We have a really good core of fans up and down the country. It’s great to see so many people here - we’re going from strength to strength.”
Jon, with support from guitarist Ed Cosens and bass player Joe Carnall, entertained fans as his wife and keybpoard player by Laura, watched on with drummer Ryan Jenkinson.
They played an acoustic set of greatest hits and songs from the new album before fans got their copies signed.
Chloe Bissett, aged 16, of Smithies, Barnsley, said: “I’ve never been to something like this and that’s why we came because it’s a bit different and not many bands do it, especially free.
“They get so involved and they’re in touch with their fans all the time on Twitter and stuff.”
Mark Booth, 39, of Hathersage, said: “It seems like they’ve stayed true to their Sheffield roots which is a good thing.”
And Joe Clarke, 23, of Walkley, said: “They’re just a top Sheffield band. I love music and I love buying CDs.”
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