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Special guests of the evening were Swedish rockers Violent Divine. Raw, raunchy instrumental work and gritty vocals were the order of the day, with seasoned frontman Mike Divine rallying the crowd to chant “Skål”, which from my days travelling on the old Newcastle to Gothenburg steam trampers, I seem to remember means “Cheers!”
I was struck by how our Nordic visitors, their set completed and once offstage, were quickly surrounded by enthusiastic new English fans who had clearly been won over by the Östergötland quartet.