Mark E Smith has never been the most predictable of people, no shows and terrible gigs are part of what makes The Fall a band that can either descent into a car crash in front of you or show absolute brilliance. The Cambridge show brings a little of both.
The show stars with Smith looking through a folder of lyrics through '2014' but soon the show moves into more familiar territory. Then the weirdness starts. For no particular reason, other than the fact he can, Smith walks off stage. The band exchange glances and continue to play then themselves leave the stage. Soon the band return and a roadie collects the mic and the show continues with Smith belting out lyrics from somewhere backstage. The show continues to stop start and the band leave again, only to reappear once more. Smith briefly shows his face again before disappearing back stage never to return apart from the sound of his voice belting over the speakers. Each time the band leave, the bemused crowd are left wondering if that is it? Then all of a sudden it is.
A bizarre show, but it's The Fall, what did you expect?