The band, who have built a huge reputation with many, many appearances across the festival circuit, are probably best known for providing the theme tune to hit TV series The Sopranos, 'Woke Up This Morning'. Amongst this audience, they are probably best known for their ability to put on a party. It's not a complicated recipe. Take some great tunes, chuck in some thumping bass and play them with a huge sense of fun. That is, pretty much, an Alabama 3 show.
The sell-out crowd is expectant as the DJ builds the atmosphere with some well chosen beats. It's Friday night and they want to be entertained. Alcohol consumption is conspicuous and the band have an instant rapport from the moment they take the stage. 'Hypo Full Of Love' turns the venue into a mini line dance as the crowd shout out the steps and dance and slide along with the band. It's difficult to say whether the between song banter is difficult to understand because of poor sound quality or general singer incoherence, but it doesn't distract too much from the party. The band work through all their best known tracks.
'Woke Up This Morning' brings about the expected singalong whilst 'Mao Tse Tung Says' finds the standard raised left fists from the audience. After singing about loving music and hating racism and against the Afghanistan war, the band close the set with 'Too Sick To Pray' and their refusal to say goodbye with 'Hello, I'm Johnny Cash'.
It is difficult to pigeon hole Alabama 3. Perhaps, and certainly on the strength of tonight's show, we need a new category 'tremendously good fun'.