The Night Café | Photoset

24th September | Thekla

Walk into the average night café and you’ll see the finest specimens of humanity – panda-eyed ladies with tear-streaked mascara, some jilted Romeo staring out of the window at the warm glow of the streetlight and hoping it might start to rekindle the flame of his cold, cold heart and at least one piss-head asleep in a plate of cheese on toast. To be fair to those who serve tea of life and booze-absorbing stodge into the wee small hours, their fine premises are often filled with amped revellers, joyously refusing to call it a night. It’s more the latter that Liverpool four-piece, The Night Café represent with their energetic indie-rock.

They’ve had a busy 2018, with two headline tours at increasingly-capacious venues, as well as supporting childhood heroes (not that they’re many years out of official childhood), The Wombats in some especially grandiose spaces, as well as playing Reading and Leeds. They’re working on their debut album, prospectively due early next year. They successfully worked on the crowd at Thekla this week. Jessica Bartolini was there to capture some fine images.