Abandoman is Rob Broderick, a quick-thinking, extremely-talented fellow – and his Moonrock Boombox Tour visited the Memorial Hall (Sheffield City Hall’s smaller venue) on June 5.
There were probably around 100 people in the crowd, but this deserved more – it’s one of the funniest and most creative acts I’ve seen in a while. The basic premise is that Rob pulls audience members up on stage or asks them for ideas that he then spins into fully-fledged freestyle raps; there’s a live backing band, but the focus is mainly on Rob.
His first number was ‘What’s In Your Pocket?’. After asking everyone to rummage through their pockets for something interesting and hold it aloft, Rob walked around the room, grabbing items and riffing on them. Later he turned his attention to the middle-class problems of one audience member, then the romance between a couple sat in the front row. I was even dragged on stage after suggesting zero gravity would make a great addition to the world’s greatest party. You can’t help getting swept up in the show – and by the end of it you’ve witnessed a unique communal event that you helped create. My only qualm is that it wasn’t longer! Truly impressive.
Joe E. Allen.