Gig Review: Postmodern Jukebox @ O2 Academy

For their fourth trip to the Steel City, Postmodern Jukebox set the stage for what was set to be a night of glitz, glamour and time travel – yup.

For those who don’t know, Postmodern Jukebox are a force to be reckoned with as they fuse popular tunes (without sounding like my dad) with genres ranging from 1920s swing, to country, to James Bond theme vibes, their YouTube channel was the starter for all of this and since then, they’ve circled the globe several times to play this unique gig to millions.

So it was with a host of guest singers, a fierce MC to get the party going and a boatload of talented musicians (and tap dancers) that PMJ set Sheffield on fire. Cycling through a doo-wop version of Miley’s ‘We Can’t Stop’, to an acapella ‘All About that Bass’, to a high-energy ‘Stacey’s Mom’, a vintage swing rendition of Jet’s ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl?’ and a back-in- time slowed down ‘Creep’ by Radiohead – varied, for sure.

This is my third time seeing Postmodern Jukebox and it’s safe to say that the original members (including Casey ‘with his Basey’ Abrams and Mr PMJ himself, Scott Bradlee) no longer tour with the group in the UK, but they’re celebrated by an incredibly talented bunch of performers who carry the flame oh so well.

Check it out next time they’re in town, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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