Curating a sensationally quirky sideshow vibe, Alex Horne and his Horne Section are a must-see late-night attraction this festival. Despite the show's latent potential to come unstuck at any given moment - and on occasion, doing just that - the ensemble prevail to stage an enormously fun and versatile show.
As much as Horne emerges a talented MC, the glue holding proceedings together, the show's success essentially hinges on the band. The Horne Section - comprised of session players with, for example - Madness and Girls Aloud - step up to the plate and smack expectations out of the park, however. They're an immensely talented quintet, able to adapt to almost any diabolical demand of Horne's creation. Even with a slew of special guests presenting their own unique challenges, The Horne Section appear unflappable. It should be said that the show even revolves around a wheel of fortune, dictating the direction of the evening. No one could say that The Horne Section don't throw caution to the wind, nor could anyone suggest that they don't do a brilliant job wherever the wheel ends up taking them.
Among the guests along for the ride on The Horne Section's opening night were Hannah Gadsby and David O'Doherty. Gadsby was down on recent form, failing to reel in the crowd barely grazing the brilliance of her solo show. O'Doherty fared much better and gelled seamlessly with band on occasion, due to his credentials as a Yamaha keyboard aficionado.
The Horne Section has a bit of everything, presenting a masterclass in musicianship combined with clever and creative comedy. Roll up, roll up.