Busted performing an intimate set at Rough Trade Nottingham on Friday 8th February 2019

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

When James Bourne, Charlie Simpson and Matt Willis got together in 2000 to form boy band Busted, they went on to have great success selling out Arenas, selling over five million albums, picking up two Brit awards and having four number one singles in the UK chart.

The subsequent departure of Simpson in 2005 left many females bereft but with the original line up now about to go out on a seven date arena tour, there was the opportunity for a hundred fans to see them yesterday afternoon perform an intimate set at independent record store, Rough Trade in Nottingham.

Promoting the launch of their fourth studio album, Half Way There, they showcased a couple of new songs, Radio and All My Friends which went down a treat, but it was the songs from their self titled debut album which had their fans singing along.

With the fans holding smart phones high to record the event, they opened with What I Go To School For and You Said No quickly followed.  Before Year 3000 Willis took advantage of the cosy venue to have some fun with a fan’s phone and when the thirty minute set came to an end, Busted had showed just why their forthcoming tour is eagerly anticipated.