ELOBF had seen the band perform at The Robin 2 last November and this writer was keen to see the band again, especially after the overwhelming success of Jeff Lynne's appearance at Hyde Park last month. ELO Again really do give you a dramatic taste of what the classic ELO 'magnificent seven' were like on stage in their 1974-78 touring heyday. This was a very organic and enthusiastic show with the attention shared between the rhythm and string sections.
What I like about this band is the prominent part played by violinist Gaelle Favre in all of the songs, ably supported by cellists Sarah Waycott and Sion Dafydd Dawson, the latter as energetic and eclectic as Hugh McDowell, including his personal off-stage tour of the auditorium whilst playing said cello!
The ELO Again rhythm section - complete with a rather attractive range of wigs - led by the jovial Colin Smith [alias Jet Flynn] together with bassist Jim Ramsey, keyboard maestro Mike Holcombe [alias Rick Candy] and drummer Clive Smith [alias Bev Devon] kept the appreciative audience on their toes as they reproduced accurately those ELO songs we all know and love. This was an accomplished and professional performance. Choosing highlights from their twenty four  song set is difficult but I thought their covers of "Livin' Thing", "Showdown", "10538 Overture", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Twilight", "All Over The World" and "Telephone Line" were excellent. Go see 'em folks!
Set #2: [Intro: "Prologue"]: "Twilight", "Confusion", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Do Ya", "Shine A Little Love", [violin solo], "Last Train To London", "Telephone Line", "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", "Turn To Stone", "Rockaria", "Mr. Blue Sky", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Roll Over Beethoven"
ELO Again are: Colin Smith [Guitar/Lead Vocals]; Jim Ramsey [Bass Guitar/Vocals]; Mike [Chas] Holcombe [Keyboards/Vocoder]; Clive Smith [Percussion/Vocals]; Gaelle Favre [Violin]; Sarah Waycott [Cello] and Sion Dawson [Cello/Guitar]. Check out the band via their official web site thus: