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Thursday, 20 January 2011    Barbi, Tel Aviv, Israel

set Thanks to Gal Bleiberg for the setlist.

Change / Theme from Sparta F.C. / O.F.Y.C. Showcase / Cowboy George / Bury / Chino / [off stage] / I've Been Duped / Greenway / Hungry Freaks, Daddy / Hot Cake / Muzorewi's Daughter / What About Us (Mark was on the sidelines for most of the song...) / Reformation // White Lightning (w/o Mark, Eleni singing) // Psykick Dancehall / Wolf Kidult man

Nathan:

Last night in Tel-Aviv was my first Fall gig, and it was fabulous. Can't say what kinda mood Mark was in, hard to discern; Eleni seemed to be enjoying it was interacting the whole time with her friend, the singer from openers "the Schmoks".

Gal:

A minor change in the set: after "chino" MES and the band left the stage… After a while the band came back without him and played "I've been duped". MES joined them for "greeeeeenway" and the rest of the set, though he sung "what about us" from backstage And did not took part in the first encore ("white lightning").

We had two more songs for the second encore: one that I did not recognize (sorryL) and "wolf kidult man".

Reviews on the forum and lots more footage on youtube.

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added 31 January

Thursday, 27 January 2011    PTR, Geneva, Switzerland

A short set, apparently. Reviews on the forum. Setlist TBD.

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Friday, 11 February 2011     Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland

Change / O.F.Y.C. Showcase / Chino / Cowboy George / Hot Cake / Bury / Strychnine / I’ve Been Duped / Greenway / Muzorewi's Daughter / Weather Report // Reformation (w/o MES)

Reviews on the forum.

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Thursday, 12 May 2011   Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin

Hot Cake / Muzorewi's Daughter / I've Seen Them / Strychnine / Change / Bury / I've Been Duped / Greenway / Chino / Hungry Freaks, Daddy / Mountain Energei // Psykick Dancehall / Wolf Kidult Man

Reviews on the forum. A cracking gig judging by the recording.Thanks to The Consortium for the setlist.

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Friday, 20 May 2011    Territorios Festival, Seville

Setlist is incomplete:

Can Can Summer / Muzorewi's Daughter / Unknown / Strychnine / Chino / I've Been Duped / Cowboy George / Greenaway / Reformation / Psykick Dancehall

Reviews on the forum.

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Sunday, 22 May 2011    Friends of Mine festival, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire

Little Frank: A very rough approximation of the setlist for those interested:

Can Can Summer / new song? / Hot Cake / Muzorewi's Daughter / Change (instrumental, aborted) / Strychnine / I've Seen Them / Chino / off stage / I've Been Duped / Psykick Dancehall / Wolf Kidult Man

Reviews on the forum.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2011    Parc de la Villette, Paris

Thread on the forum.

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Wednesday, 1 June 2011    Koko, Camden, London

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Cosmos / Hot Cake / I've Seen Them / Strychnine / Muzorewi's Daughter / Cowboy George / Bury / I've Been Duped / new song / Funnel of Love / Greenway / Chino / Psykick Dancehall / Weather Report / Wolf Kidult Man // Mr. Pharmacist // Reformation

Many thanks to Mark for the setlist. Reviews on the forum and by these 145 attendees courtesy winkball.com.

And to Tom Wootton for his wonderful review:

Met my frend Alex at the pub, a good pub in Camden is hard to find, but this was out of the way and OK. I hadn't even been going to go in fact as a friend was having a birthday at the excellent Lahore Kebab House where he had pre-ordered several Nargis kebabs - basically colossal curried scotch eggs. Also, the last couple of times I'd seen the Fall they'd been mediocre-rubbish, and I don't like Koko.

Headed down to the venue, got in, frend revealed it has a roof a terrace, a thing I did not know. We went up there with the rest of humanity, and drank our expensive lager from plastic glasses, but it was almost pleasant, almost civilised - rooftops and fresh air, well as fresh as a hundred smokers packed on to a small roof terrace will allow.

The thing is, it clearly wasn't absolutely sold out, which was a good thing, as it meant without the crowd being sparse you could at least find a place to nestle in the main area. Another thing, they came on v prompt. Ship-shape and Bristol fashion. This, as probably everyone here knows is almost unheard of. Smith liking to keep you waiting. In fact there used to be a rumour wasn't there that the start of the intro tape indicated when Smith had entered the building, no doubt having got impossibly lost en route from the next-door pub. But nope, straight on, caught us unprepared, by surprise, guard down, and just flew helter-skelter into matters.

Cosmic, as I believe it's called, rocked and Hot Cake bounced, like a rubber wardrobe falling down a flight of stairs, immediately sustaining and enhancing the immense good cheer that seemed to pervade everyone in the hall. Immediately clear that Smith was snappin', flying around inside the songs like a monkey in the rigging.

Hang on, I've got to get mysen a Fernet if I'm going to keep this up. Revolting stuff - smells like turpentine and looks like India ink - but it keeps the demon at the door.

Then came a new'un, I've Seen Them, which got stuck in my head for days if not weeks after. It was somehow haunting. I think it was the fey tones of Smith's refrain - 'I've seeeeeeeen them....' like a Cassandra of the modern, voice curdled with contempt. But it was also driving because of the propulsive drums and The Eagle I think it was was shouting in the background 'I'VE SEEN THEM GO! I'VE SEEN THEM GO!'. There was a moment in the middle where Smith's voice seemed like a viper of ferocity coiled round the mic - really worked himself up he did, it was great to see.

After that he said...

"Onto/under(?) the bridges of the senile...."

Then after that they did an extended Strychnine, which I was delighted about, cos I wasn't expecting it at all. It had that great rockabilly Fall sound; the loosely-associated tightness, ramshackle and unstoppable, which is one of their great live sounds. It always puts a grin on my face, the absurdity of it all. In fact writing now, it reminds me of a very very bad circus I saw in Brittany as a child, where an old and extremely reluctant and irritable goat was made to clamber up a small tower made out of wooden furniture, tables and chairs, and stand precariously at the top, proud but also utterly preposterous. That was what The Fall were like, a rickety tower of tables and chairs, base in Ys, spire reaching up to the moon.

Smith's screams in Strychnine, nothing like G Roslie's spine-chilling aural lightning, were more like a man suddenly genuinely terrified by something or an immediate reaction to the realisation that you're falling off a cliff. AAAAAAAAAARGH. Like that. It was most amusing and invigorating.

The tombstone beat of Muzorewi's Daughter was very impressive. I'm normally a bit sceptical about new Fall doing old Fall - it's usually not as a good, but this really was great, had the aura of tribal magic, distant stars and deserts seen outside the window of a dank industrial back-to-back.

Maybe it's because the new material is so similar, so mystical sounding that this old and spectral material felt like invested with such power. A thought provoked by Cowboy George being next, and although my friend later described it like Ennio Morricone being kicked in the balls by Mickey Mouse, it's a strange plangent song, which turns into that section which is so brilliant live, which is just Smith wearily declaiming over the oscillating synths. Some pleasingly strange stuff about sterilised monks and Cowboy George gradually stumbling his way across heathland to...

I'M NOT FROM BURY! This was fucking hilarious mainly because a) Eleni was being v amusing, waving her hands about in between keyboard strikes, and grinning like a loon while shouting I'M NOT FROM BURY. This was f'ing great in fact. A single one of the blasts of guitar contained more real magic than the entire commercial franchise of Harry Potter. oh, er b) it rocked.

And just reading back, I'm remembering what was so good was the pacing. You had energy, new stuff, terror, fun - it's a classic Fall combination really.

I think there were some new programmes mentioned in I've Been Duped, a song that has really benefited from its live performances (think I first saw this in an All Hallow's Even performance at the Hackney Empire), like pop krautrock.

A new one again. I think he kept saying 'But I'm from Düsseldorf' - again, v enjoyable. And again, mainly, as with all the gig, because Smith was clearly enjoying it all so much. You know, we were just nodding away, completely under the spell. Also, Smith had great control of the amps, suddenly unleashing surges of raw guitar over the already strange sound.

Another new one, I kept thinking was a version of Beetle Bones n Smoking Stones, cos it sounded like the session version they did of that, and Smith kept on gurgling 'It's good enough for me, it's good enough for you', but I was reliably informed later that it was the song Greenway. Long and incomprehensible spoken-word narrative stuff over the top, interspersed with mocking guitars and Smith taunting 'Greeeenwaaay' over the top. Probably a good point to say that the group just looked and sounded great. So intent upon their instruments and the Fall Gemeinschaft.

Chino was utterly marvellous. Like the album version (one of the best songs on that LP I think) x10. Languorous, bleak hospital-drug psychedelia, like Denton Welch + JG Ballard or something. One of the best Fall songs in recent years I'm tempted to say after that performance.

Then WEATHER REPORT! Oh man, this is great. After its sunbleached weariness, it sank into its synthesised black whirlpools, and then suddenly flowered into a rocking-out conclusion.

Sorry I'm running out of puff/Fernet a bit and I gotta go to bed. Mr Pharmacist was a jumpin' encore. I always like it when they do this because I know a number of people around the place will be saying 'Not THIS again', which redoubles its fun, which is already considerable.

Then Smith orders everyone off, the lights go up, and people start filing out. Then suddenly, inexplicably, 'for reasons unfathomable but to me wholly admirable', THEY COME BACK ON! And perform one of the most startling versions of Reformation I've heard, in fact, top ten Fall live moments of all time (there's a fee for listing them, a $500 bottle of wine, so don't ask). It was so abundant, despite its simple repetition, a seething black tentacle of bass + marsh-light keyboards, and then Smith, opening and shutting the aldis lamp onto the landscape, briefly illuminating moments of terror - floorboard, black river, motel. And did he start singing That Ol' Swannee River at one point in it? I think he did. The crowd loved it.

And then it finished.

Tremendous strange and compulsive fun. When they're like this they're better than any film or tv programme, books, whatever - because it's a one off, unrepeatable, it has no chance to fade, a conjuration that lives briefly and then dies when done, and so is eternal. Grinning like fools at the foot of the divine we were, as we tottered out.

Tom.

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Friday, 3 June 2011    Moho Live, Manchester

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Cosmos / Hot Cake / I've Seen Them / Strychnine / Muzorewi's Daughter / new song / Cowboy George / Bury / I've Been Duped / Greenway / Funnel of Love / Chino / Psykick Dancehall // Weather Report

Thanks to The Abdominizer for the setlist and this great video. Reviews on the forum.

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Thursday, 30 June 2011    Stanley Theater, University of Liverpool

set

Nate / Hot Cake / Muzorewi's Daughter / I've Seen Them / Strychnine / Laptop Dog / Cowboy George / Bury / Cosmos / I've Been Duped / Greenway / Wolf Kidult Man / Psykick Dancehall

Reviews on the forum. Thanks to Michael for the set list.

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Friday, 1 July 2011    Stanley Theater, University of Liverpool

Nate / Happy Song / OFYC Showcase / Strychnine / I've Seen Them / Taking Off / Chino / I've Been Duped / Cowby George / Bury / Laptop Dog // Greenway

Reviews on the forum. Many thanks to John for the setlist.

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Saturday, 2 July 2011    Stanley Theater, University of Liverpool

set

Scaramanga / I've Seen Them / Muzorewi's Daughter / Nate / Cowboy George / Cosmos / Chino / Weather Report / Laptop Dog / I've Been Duped / Monocard / Funnel of Love // Psykick Dancehall

Reviews on the forum. Many thanks to John for the setlist.

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Sunday, 10 July 2011    Sub 89, Reading

set

Nate / Hot Cake / Muzoweri's Daughter / I've Seen Them / Strychnine / Cowboy George / Cosmos / Laptop Dog / I've Been Duped / Taking Off / Greenway / Bury / Monocard / Wolf Kidult Man // Mr. Pharmacist / Psykick Dancehall

Thanks to Mark for the setlist. Reviews on the forum.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011    Terraneo Festival, Sibenik, Croatia

Setlist unconfirmed, but included Bury, I've Been Duped and Psykick Dancehall.

Brief review on the forum.

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Friday, 2 September 2011    End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

Setlist unconfirmed, but included Laptop Dog, Cowboy George, Bury, White Lightning, Mr Pharmacist, I've Been Duped and Psychik Dancehall.

Reviews and photos on the forum.

Video of Laptop:

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Sunday, 11 September 2011    The Electric Frog, Glasgow

Actual setlist: Mask Search / Hot Cake / Laptop Dog / Cowboy George / Bury / Greenway / I've Been Duped / White Lightning / Psykick Dancehall / Monocard

Thanks to Peter Climie for the setlist and ticket. Reviews on the forum.

Videos of Greenway and Monocard thanks to Declan R:

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Sunday, 18 September 2011    Incubate Festival, Tillburg, The Netherlands

Actual setlist: Nate Will Not Return / Hot Cake / Chino / Cowboy George / Bury / Laptop Dog / I've Been Duped / Taking Off / Greenway / Strychnine / Cosmos 7 / Wolf Kidult Man / Psykick Dancehall / Monocard / White Lightning

Thanks to Rutger Kruijer for Pete's setlist. Reviews on the forum. A set of photos taken by Astrid van der Meijde is here.

Videos of Nate and Psykick Dancehall thanks to Martin K:

More videos found on youtube - Chino and Cowboy George:

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Wednesday, 12 October 2011   Teatro Castro Alves, Salvador, Brazil (cancelled)

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Friday, 14 October 2011   Teatro da UFPE, Universidade Federal do Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil (cancelled)

The Fall pulled out of the two Brazilian dates, citing health problems.

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Saturday, 22 October 2011    SWN Festival, Great Hall, Cardiff University, Wales



Nate Will Not Return / Hot Cake / Chino / Cowboy George / Cosmos 7 / Strychnine / What About Us? / Greenway / Bury / Wolf Kidult Man // I've Been Duped / Happi Song / White Lightning

MES left the stage after 35 minutes, during Greenway, Elena sang the remaining songs. Thanks to Chris Butcher for the ticket and smoking pass scans. Reviews and some photos on the forum.

Video of Greenway:

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2 November - 28 November 2011: lineup # 61 : Mark E. Smith (vocals), Elenor Poulou (keyboards), Tim Presley (guitar), Dave "The Eagle" Spurr (bass), Keiron Melling (drums). Pete Greenway on paternity leave.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011    Stylus, Leeds

Actual setlist: Werewolves Of London / Nate Will Not Return / Hot Cake / Taking Off / Strychnine / Laptop Dog (MES walk-off) / I've Been Duped / Latch Key Kid (Elena vocals) / (MES returns) Cosmos 7 (MES walk-off) / Printhead (MES vocals from offstage) / (MES returns) Greenway (MES leaves half way through) // Bury (MES vocals from offstage)

Thanks to Dan from the forum and Keith Morris for the setlists. Werewolves Of London is a cover of the Warren Zevon classic. Bit of a rough start to the UK tour, with MES offstage for about half of the 50 minute performance. Reviews and some photos on the forum.

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Thursday, 3 November 2011    Picture House, Edinburgh

Actual setlist: Nate Will Not Return / Taking Off / Hot Cake / Strychnine (MES walk-off, vocals from offstage) / Laptop Dog / Printhead / Cowboy George / (MES returns) Bury (MES walk-off) / Latch Key Kid (Elena vocals) / I've Been Duped / Cosmos 7 (instrumental) // The Love Between (instrumental) / Reformation (MES returns) / Mr Pharmacist

Thanks to Peter Lyon for the setlist. The Love Between is a song by Tim Presley's White Fence project. Reviews on the forum, Coffee-Table Notes blog and this review was sent to me by Oscar:

Fall Walk-Off! Hobble-Off!

Who would be Mark E. Smith’s wife? Last night Fall fans were treated to simultaneously one of the worst and best gigs of the year, as the majority of the proceedings were left to Mrs. I Smith to fill in the gaps after Mark exited the stage.

Things started promisingly: the band in great form and the new songs (we heard perhaps two of them) sounding excellent. Then Smith disappeared off stage (nothing unusual about that); spookily however, his voice remained. Was he perhaps paving the way for his own demise, when the band will have to tour to backing tapes of his lyrics? Soon the voice disappeared too, leaving us to endure the longest ever version of ‘I’ve Been Duped’, sung without apparent irony by Mrs. Smith.

As far as a group of people in their 40s and 50s could be said to be restless, there was a certain fractious mood abroad in the crowd: a few squidgy plastic pint glasses were thrown towards the stage (emptied of the £4 contents); Mrs. Smith ill-advisedly greeted this with outstretched arms in a ‘come-ahead’ gesture. She explained before walking off that “Mark has terrible voondz (wounds) on iz feet and haz to walk up five flights ov stairs to get to zee stage” when this with greeted some derision from certain elements in the crowd, she replied “What? Are you a doctor?” before leaving to boos. Suddenly we were reminded just how young Mrs. Smith really is: her possibly misguided loyalty deserves the highest praise.

To their credit the band took to the stage again to launch into an instrumental ‘Reformation’; Mrs. Smith was about to offer the mic to the crowd when suddenly, a fellow wearing a combat jacket, silk scarf and a handlebar moustache, leapt to the stage; at first it seemed to be all part of a huge practical joke, as the uninvited lead singer with admirable chutzpah, extemporized lyrics about going to see The Fall and Mark not being there. This was brought to premature end as he was approached by a large shaven headed bouncer. Before we could chorus “he’s behind you” our unknown Bob Calvert impersonator was led away, looking crestfallen. On the back of the bouncer’s neon-yellow t-shirt was the ominous message: ‘Stage Security, here to assist you’. More boos followed, but immediately gave way to cheers as none other than Mark E. Smith was led on stage supported on either side like King Lear by two stage hands. He sang the rest of ‘Reformation’ (sort of) before delivering a superb version of ‘Mr. Pharmacist’, complete with key-board solo. Then it was all over.

Did I ask for a refund on my ticket? Did I throw a pint glass? No. My only thought was ‘I hope his feet get better.’ Misguided loyalty is clearly infectious.

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Friday, 4 November 2011    Riverside, Newcastle

Nate Will Not Return / Taking Off / Strychnine / Cowboy George / Psykick Dancehall / White Lightning / I've Been Duped / Greenway / Bury / Laptop Dog

Reviews on the forum.

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Saturday, 5 November 2011    Fibbers, York

Actual setlist: Nate Will Not Return / Taking Off / Psykick Dancehall / Laptop Dog / Strychnine / Cowboy George / Bury / Cosmos 7 / I've Been Duped / Latch Key Kid / White Lightning / Reformation / Mr Pharmacist

Thanks to "The Question Mark" from the forum for the setlist. Reviews on the forum.

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Friday, 11 November 2011    Les Indisciplinées Festival, Espace Cosmao Dumanoir, Lorient, France

Actual setlist: Nate Will Not Return / Taking Off / Psykick Dancehall / Strychnine / Laptop Dog / Cowboy George / Bury / I've Been Duped / Latch Key Kid / Greenway / White Lightning / Mr Pharmacist / Reformation

Thanks to Alexis Gautier and Julien Gaignard for the setlists and Alexis for the photo. Reviews and more photos on the forum.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011    The Junction, Cambridge

Actual setlist: Nate Will Not Return / Taking Off / Psykick Dancehall / Strychnine / Laptop Dog / Cowboy George / Cosmos 7 / I've Been Duped / Latch Key Kid / Greenway / Monocard / White Lightning // Reformation / Theme From Sparta FC

Thanks to DJ Hollerbusch for the setlist. Reviews on the forum.

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Thursday, 17 November 2011    Concorde 2, Brighton

Actual setlist: Nate Will Not Return / Taking Off / Psykick Dancehall / Strychnine / I've Seen Them Come / Age Of Chang / I've Been Duped / Laptop Dog / Cowboy George / Bury / Cosmos 7 / White Lightning / Greenway / Reformation // Theme From Sparta FC / Mr Pharmacist / Latch Key Kid

Thanks to Mark Howard for the setlist. Reviews and some great photos on the forum.

Mark Howard's Dalek Hat recording of Taking Off from this gig was released on the B-side of "Night of the Humerons" in April 2012. Here's Mark's original recording before MES added his "ghostly overdubs" and other bits.

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Sunday, 20 November 2011    The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Setlist: Nate Will Not Return / Taking Off / Psykick Dancehall / Strychnine / Laptop Dog / Cowboy George / Bury / I've Been Duped / Cosmos 7 / Latch Key Kid / Greenway / Monocard / I've Seen Them Come / White Lightning / Reformation // Mr Pharmacist

Reviews and some great photos on the forum.

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Thursday, 24 November 2011    IndigO2, London

Actual setlist:

Nate Will Not Return / Taking Off / Psykick Dancehall / Strychnine / Laptop Dog / Cowboy George / Bury / I've Been Duped / Cosmos 7 / Latch Key Kid / Greenway / Monocard / White Lightning / Reformation / Mr Pharmacist // Theme From Sparta FC

Thanks again to Mark Howard for the setlist. Reviews and photos on the forum.

Many thanks to Zane from the promoters, onemanmelt, for offering 150 free tickets to members of our forum.

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Saturday, 26 November 2011    Mr. Kyps, Poole



Actual setlist: Nate Will Not Return / Taking Off / Psykick Dancehall / Strychnine / Laptop Dog / Cowboy George / Bury / I've Been Duped / Cosmos 7 / Latch Key Kid / Greenway / Monocard / White Lightning // Mr Pharmacist / Systematic Abuse / Reformation

Thanks yet again to Mark Howard for the setlist and the flyer. Reviews and some excellent close-up photos on the forum.

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Monday, 28 November 2011    The Laugh Inn, Chester

Setlist: Nate Will Not Return / Taking Off / Psykick Dancehall / Strychnine / Laptop Dog / Cowboy George / Bury / I've Been Duped / Cosmos 7 / Blue Christmas (!) / Greenway / Monocard / I've Seen Them Come / White Lightning / Reformation // Mr Pharmacist

Thanks to Philip Hurley for the setlist. Reviews on the forum.

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