I got to the venue several hours early in order to meet up with two friends who had travelled from Scotland - they had met the band after the Glasgow gig and arranged with guitarist Darren Middleton that they would be able to attend the soundcheck. Once we met up, we went around the back of the Academy where James spoke to the security people and the band's tour manager and we were indeed allowed into the soundcheck where we were able to watch the band do Belter and Iberian Dream - and make them laugh with requests ("Any chance you can do Tail?").
After that we had to go back round the front of the venue to queue up and promptly on 7pm, the doors opened and we were let in. Bob Evans came on stage at 8pm and played for about half an hour, opening with the one song of his that I knew Nowhere Without You. He was joined for his final song by Powderfinger drummer Cogsy who got a massive cheer when he came on stage.
Powderfinger came on stage just after 9pm and opened with Burn Your Name, then Belter. With it being the band's final UK concert, the crowd were determined to make the most of it and sung and clapped along to every song as loudly as possible - Bernard commented several times on how much we were joining in with everything.
They played a nice mix of songs from various albums, including Pick You Up from Double Allergic and Don't Wanna Be Left Out and Already Gone from Internationalist along with Belter. There were also My Kind Of Scene, Thrilloilogy and Waiting For The Sun from Odyssey Number Five as well as My Happiness and These Days which were part of the encore. These Days was the final song and reduced me to tears.
They played 3 songs in total from Golden Rule. As well as the opener Burn Your Name, they also did A Fight About Money and Sail The Wildest Stretch. We also got to hear Sunsets from Vulture Street along with an extended version of (Baby I've Got You) On My Mind which was the first song of the encore. I was thrilled to see them play Bless My Soul and Dream Days At The Hotel Existence was represented by Lost And Running and Nobody Sees.
It was a brilliant concert and afterwards, my friends and I went once more around the back of the venue and were able to get some autographs and have photos taken which was the icing on the cake of a wonderful night.