IT began with a meet-and-greet in the bar and ended with crowd and band together on the stage front, Chasing Rainbows all the time...again.

You wouldn't have found this Pocklington special on the Sheds' Shedcember tour schedule – nor indeed Friday and Saturday's home-city gigs at Fibbers – but this was the hot ticket.

They came from Scotland, Essex, as well as closer to home, around 200 Shed-heads who had backed the York band's Pledge campaign to crowd-fund their first studio album in 16 years, Instant Pleasures, released the day before.

"It's an open rehearsal," explained Rick Witter. Informal would be more apt: one speaker was playing up on Joe Johnson's side; drummer Alan Leach and bassist Tom Gladwin nipped off for impromptu "comfort breaks"; tour manager Leon Banks could be spotted having his moment on guitar; and Witter's son Duke, already in his own band Serotones at 16, "usurped" his dad by taking lead vocals for Going For Gold with a familiar swagger.

The mood was celebratory: instant album sales had the Sheds projecting a chart entry at number two. Cue a roar of approval from the terraces. I say terraces, because the urge to stand could not be resisted as early as the second number. Pock Arts Centre is usually more...sedate, shall we say, but everything was good natured, even the occasional polite requests to climb down off the seats.

Shed '17 is an utter joy, suffused with four new crackers, Room In My House the crowd fave; a Yorkshire brass section of Andrew Cox on sax, Tim Hurst on trombone and Matt Hardy on trumpet; the Witter "foghorn" blaring supreme; the band playing better than ever, instant and long-standing pleasures alike.