10:10pm - 10:50pm (Friday)
Bursting out of Hull, buoyed by support from The Libertines, and in thrall to The Strokes, The Paddingtons are Hull’s biggest band since The Beautiful South. After an epiphany seeing the aforementioned Libs, they got their sh*t together and took their classic indie-punk sound out of the city and around the world. Initially signed to Alan McGee’s Poptones label, and in customary McGee style, they were more or less signed on the spot, at 3am after a Libs gig, and within weeks they put out their first single, the double A-Side 21 and Some Old Girl. This was 2004, slap bang in the middle of a resurgence in British guitar music. With no promo, the song gatecrashed the charts at number 41. They had arrived.
The next year saw the release of their landmark debut album, First Comes First, produced by legendary Oasis/Verve producer, Owen Morris, and their brand of snotty Hull punk was swallowed up willingly by the masses. Stardom beckoned, and the lads embraced it with gusto. They rode the mid-noughties spike in indie-rock like champs, touring the world, hanging out with mates, Babyshambles, generally having a ball and making vital music.
No Mundane Options and The Ladyboy Tapes followed in 2008 and 2010 respectively, before they went on indefinite hiatus, regrouping in 2017 at old mates, The Libertines’ request to support them on their Hull date. This sent a massive buzz around the city, then around the country, and a full-blown UK mini-tour was on the cards. And a reunion. Those shows were religious experiences, and the momentum propelled them to rethink their hiatus. The Paddingtons are a band again.