Crowds in Swindon flocked in to see 1980s music legend Midge Ure’s last stop on his tour this week and were not disappointed.

The Ultravox frontman had originally been due to play the gig at the MECA back in 2020 but the Covid pandemic delayed the show for three years.

He was finally able to bring his Voice and Visions tour to Swindon on Wednesday for what proved to be a surreal and emotional evening with Swindon being the last date of the run.

As people began to pour into the venue at around 7pm to see the Scottish singer, they were serenaded by his support act India Electric Co.

Comprised of Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe along with Midge’s own drummer Russel Field, the band got the crowd warmed up.

A particular highlight was their rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s iconic track ‘I’m On Fire’ which delighted those already in the building.

After receiving a well-deserved applause, India Electric Co. departed the stage to make way for Midge and the excitement in the room was tangible.

The lights dimmed, the crowd cheered and on came Midge to perform his 1988 solo song, ‘Dear God’, to open proceedings.

Packing a heavy punch, it was quite the choice to start with as the impressive lights system at the MECA was used to full effect in conjunction with the equally impressive smoke machine.

A mysterious atmosphere was created with these practical effects which complimented the music leaving most in the building feeling as if they had been transported back to the 1980s.

Midge wasted no time getting straight on to some well-known classics with the Scottish musician playing ‘If I Was’ as his second song of the night much to the crowd’s delight.

As the gig went on the 69-year-old cycled through his catalogue with a wide variety of tone ensuring there was something for everyone.

Swindon Advertiser: Midge Ure bowed out in Swindon playing his hit songs including 'Vienna' to the excited crowds.Midge Ure bowed out in Swindon playing his hit songs including 'Vienna' to the excited crowds. (Image: Newsquest)

It looked as if he was about to finish, only to stay on the stage and play his megahit Ultravox songs ‘Vienna’ and ‘Dancing with Tears in My Eyes’.

The first of the pair was moody and atmospheric whereas the second caused scenes of jubilation as the previously seated crowds surged to the front of the stage to dance in a DIY mosh pit.

After finishing, Midge said how he was ecstatic to have finally been able to play the Swindon gig despite many cancellations and rounded out the night with one final song.

As the crowds danced to ‘All Stood Still’, it marked what was a special and memorable gig in the town.