Gig Review: Bryan Ferry at Burghley House, Stamford, 11th June 2016. @BryanFerry @BurghleyHouse

On Saturday 12th June 2016, Bryan Ferry came to Stamford town… with a band amounting to the population of a small village, he was certainly well prepared for the 10,000-odd people who had turned up to see the former Roxy Music singer.

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Kicking off with “Avonmore”, Ferry shifts smoothly into “Driving Me Wild” and follows it up with a swoon-worthy performance of “Slave to Love”. It’s difficult to believe that moments beforehand he was reportedly having a snooze backstage. If that’s true, there was no evidence of post-nap wooziness! What a pro!

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The remainder of the set list did not disappoint, with a mix of his solo work, popular and much-loved Roxy Music songs and covers that he and his incredible band (those backing singers – they got soul! Amazing voices!) made their own.

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The crowd were on top form – fuelled by a slightly boozy, slightly hazy, slightly drizzly afternoon and whatever delights were on the picnic tables, they were singing every word and dancing the night away. All the while, thousands of adoring eyes were locked on Bryan Ferry’s every deliberately mesmerising move.

Highlights of the show were “While My Heart is Still Beating” and “Virginia Plain” – it’s verging on the surreal to hear songs you know and love in such majestic setting, and I won’t forget it in a hurry!

Set List:

Avonmore

Driving Me Wild

Slave to Love

Ladytron

Don’t Stop the Dance

Beauty Queen

Oh Yeah

Bob Dylan’s Dream

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Bete Noire

Zamba

Stronger Through the Years

Tara

Take a Chance with Me

While My Heart Is Still Beating

If There Is Something

More Than This

Avalon

Love Is the Drug

Virginia Plain

Both Ends Burning

Let’s Stick Together

Jealous Guy

Do the Strand

Editions of You

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