Kicking off proceedings is VIVACITY who have brought a massive crowd who lap up their pleasingly epic alt-rock. Despite their youth, they are demonstrating an ambition beyond their years. Definitely ones to watch.
When I saw THE TRUSTED about a year ago, they sounded like a promising band with some good ideas. Cut to today and the transformation is incredible. This is now a fully realised, highly competent and engaging indie behemoth that could compete with the likes of Kasabian or The Courteeners. Performance-wise they exude the stage presence of seasoned pros. Their soaring songs are lean, exciting, and reveal a developing sound that is entirely their own. Very impressive stuff!
Disaster strikes when seemingly every single person under the age of 18 seems to leave the venue. When you pay £7 for a ticket to a show and decide to only see one or two of 4 acts playing, I find this staggering. I know it’s the school holidays but it’s only 9:30pm – stay up past your bed time for goodness sake! This is rock n’ roll!
Not that this is a problem for BREED who power through their high octane, riff heavy set with the kind of showmanship you’d reserve for the last gig of your life. Instruments destroyed and minds blown, they stagger off the stage clearing the way for our headliners.
ROSKO have been lauded for their energetic live shows and I was keen to sample this myself. Not only do they deliver again, but they also inject the experience with a humour and charm that is instantly endearing. As a genre mashing band, it’s easy to get lazy when describing their music (like a kind of Arctic Monkeys tinged grime band?), but more than anything this is vehicle for four enigmatic characters to surprise you, make you dance and bring the party!
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