Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings at the Sete Festival – photos and report

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings performed an outdoor concert to a wonderful crowd at the Sete Festival in France in July – and we’ve got exclusive photos from the gig.

The backdrop was impressive – an old fort near Montpelier in France formed an atmospheric backdrop beside the sea. The stage was set in front of an enthusiastic crowd of music fans at the Sete Festival for Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, who performed on July 11.

Bill says the show went great, with 1,300 fans in the audience providing an electric atmosphere for the venue. With the band taking the stage just after 10pm, the line-up included James Powell (drums), Bill Wyman (bass), Georgie Fame (organ), Beverley Skeet (vocals), Terry Taylor (guitar), Geraint Watkins (piano), plus Frank Mead and Nick Payn (horns).

The set included I Got A Woman (Georgie), Sweet Soul Music (Beverley), Chicken Shack Boogie (Geraint), Too Late (Terry), Three Cool Cats (Georgie), Just Your Fool (Frank), It’s Raining (Geraint), Melody (Geiorgie/Beverley), I Can’t Hold Out (Terry), This Is A Man’s World (Beverley), 300 Pounds Of Joy (Geraint), Hit The Road Jack (Georgie), Sugar Babe (Frank), I Just Wanna Make Love To You (Beverley) and You Never Can Tell (Bill).

By now, many people were dancing in the front, and the rest of the audience were standing. We ended to great applause and they wanted more, so as an encore we did Jump Jive & Wail (Georgie),” says Bill. “We came offstage at 12.30am to a great ovation, with the crowd yelling and stamping for more, but we couldn’t play anymore as there was a curfew.

Photos of the concert are in the slideshow above, and were taken by Gilbert Trem (thanks, Gilbert!).

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