FESTIVAL REVIEW: Homegrown Festival 2018 Part 2

Here is part 2 of our experience of Homegrown festival at Suffolk Academy in Barrow! If you haven’t read it already, take a look at part 1 here!

Appearing on the main stage through Saturday was a varied selection of musical styles presented by established and up and coming bands. The partisan crowd, in some part made up of other participating bands were treated to a well put together programme from indie rock, through new prog, heavy rock and jazz funk.

The line up featured stand-out acts such as Blue Mean Eyes and an assured and professional performance from 15 year old Gabby Rivers and her band early in the running order as she stunned the crowd with her vocals and her wonderful cover of Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over.

Also appearing on the bill and deserving of special mention were Kyanos with their brand of bass heavy New Prog infused with 60’s psychedelia, while The Catch a young indie band who got people’s attention early on with a shout-out to drummer and vocalist! Another young band that deserve a special mention are Among the Citizens who are ones to watch who brought their dreamy and memorable synthesiser/guitar melodies to The Coastline Stage. 

The Hunter Club side stage featured up and coming acts throughout the day. Of special note were confident performances by Millie Kirkpatrick and 13 year old Noah Evans, both performing solo acoustic sets of largely original material to much applause. Ones to watch in the future, while another special shout-out to Phoebe Austin who we covered at Bury Fringe last month, and was again showing her talent playing originals and covers.

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The one-man band was just mesmerising being able to portray a wide range of vocal colour and to carry off the feat of sounding like a three piece band. Using no loop effects but only an electric bass drum and cymbal/drum effects pedals, he provided a continuous rhythmic accompaniment to his vocals and dexterous guitar playing, and his set covering some of the most timeless pop classics, from The Beatles to David Bowie, via Oasis in a way we’ve never seen before, which had the whole crowd joining arms to dance and form a large circle during his set. A real crowd favourite and one to add to the watch list.

The day was topped off by high-energy heavy indie rock trio Fick as Fieves and closing act Stretch Soul Gang delivered a soul infused jazz funk set that had everybody up dancing the night away.

This small local festival played host to a wealth of local talent that deserves to be seen by a larger audience. The organisers have plans to grow the festival and it will be interesting to see how they achieve this need and still preserve the intimate relaxed setting and atmosphere of the event.

Will the organisers be able to afford acts such as Blue Mean Eyes or Gabby Rivers in the future? Let’s hope they can as this is a Jewel in the Crown for the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Homegrown Festival 2018 – Part 1

We here at This Is Noise are always on the lookout for the biggest and brightest talents across the regions to show off their music and talents, well Homegrown Festival last weekend boasted the best of what East Anglia has to offer and we were in attendance to check out the bands performing and see what the local talent has to offer.

Here is just part 1 of our highlights of the festival at Suffolk Academy in Barrow with us covering a range of bands and artists taking to the stage to show the crowd what they have to offer…

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The event opened Friday with hightlights of the night coming from Tom Lumley and his band. Playing his brand of power Indie rock. The new single Sky High was aired in an accomplished and exciting performance by this tight four piece. This is a must-see band who will soon be headlining  at the Blue Moon, Cambridge on the 29th June. Tickets are selling fast.

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Oli and Dom two young musicians form a power New Prog band and cite Periphery and Carnival as influences. Their sound is large and powerful for a two piece but the guitar sound is  subtly interwoven with jazz licks and grooves that remind you of Soft Machine. An EP is due out very soon. Ones to watch

 

Alter the Sky

A Cambridge 5 piece heavy rock band playing their own compositions. Helen Johnston’s powerful vocals, supported by driving power riffs and a solid drum line got the small crowd rocking. Another band to announce a new EP, their launch party is being held at the Blue Moon Cambridge on 16th June. The new single ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’ was given a thorough workout.

Friday night was finished off by Heathen. Their set comprising of original compositions and a selection of rock standard covers, kicked off with the Chilli Peppers Dani California. The crowd was up singing and dancing throughout their seamless set enhanced by a lighting rig normally only seen on larger festival stages.

Read part 2 of our Homegrown Festival review here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Camden Rocks 2018 Part 1

First things first, a disclaimer and apology, due to the sheer size and volume of the day it would be near on impossible to review every band and venue . We decided to hand pick some bands that have made it and some that are just a few more steps away from being bigger names in the game. That is what Camden Rocks is all about after all!

For This Is Noise, it was our first year at the festival and we were just blown away by the spirit of it all, it’s always an absolute pleasure to discover young bands just starting out and even more of a pleasure to cover them on this website in hoping we could turn a few more heads their way, Camden Rocks in that respect has done a simply fantastic job in creating a platform for these bands to be heard. Now on to the bands…

The Lafontaines

These guys are honestly impressive, catching them on their first set of the day at the Koko, they definitely made a good account for themselves. Lead singer Kerr Okan made sure he covered every inch of that stage and more, with a moderately filled Koko he done a fantastic job of making it feel fuller, from getting everyone to crouch before jumping up like crazy to climbing down from the stage and getting amongst the crowd. They are mixing interesting sounds in their work and it sounds fantastic!

Better Than Never

Just as the clouds were clearing and the sun was shining over Camden Town, Better Than Never brought their pop punk sounds to Belushis. Playing a venue like a pub is never an easy task especially when dealing with a mixed crowd of punters and festival goers but the band fully embraced the environment and made the most of the opportunity, with members moving off the stage set up and immersing themselves into the experience, making everyone else feel just as involved.

Dame Jean

Another band taking over the bar area in one of the many venues that made up Camden Rocks, Dame Jean performed a performed a stellar set in Dingwalls Canalside which  turned a few heads and certainly made a good effort on filling up the smaller Dingwalls stage. The passion from this band was clear, their two singles that they had released ‘Wasted Love’ and ‘Joke’s on You’ sounded fantastic mixed in with their set of songs yet to be released. If you get the opportunity, it’s definitely worth checking these guys out!

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Over at the larger Dingwalls venue, Press to MECO delivered their typical melodical vocals mixed with their heavy riffs which impressed from the start. Not long after releasing their second album ‘Here’s to the Fatigue’ the future is looking bright, after drawing a decent crowd who were in full voice throughout their set, this is a band whose name will be heard a lot more with their own individual sound lighting up Dingwalls.

Blackwaters

Well, what can I say about Blackwaters, if you witnessed their set at the Crescent Coffee, you will know it’s hard to find where to begin. It started with a little jazz tune the whole band just dancing along, it then felt like we were all absolutely catapulted into ‘Fuck Yeah’ which turned this humble coffee/bar into absolute mayhem which it would then continue in that vain for the rest of their set. Blood was shed, lamp shades were smashed and the band loved it. Next time I think Blackwaters would need to be in a different venue though, one that can allow people to mosh and enjoy the show whilst staying safe, as raucous as it was, everyone should be safe when going to a gig.

Mallory Knox

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster year for Mallory Knox so far. Starting back in February when they announced the departure of lead singer Mikey Chapman whilst stating that bassist Sam Douglas taking over as full time lyricist and continuing on as a four-piece. Since the departure the band has released a new single ‘Black Holes’ as well as confirm a number of gigs and festival appearances as well as the band continuing on in the studio for a new album.

With all this considered, honestly you wouldn’t know the changes have happened, they were tight, constantly appreciative of the crowd, and just wanted to put on a good show for the fans. They ran through some songs from across all their albums and even though now front man Sam Douglas said he is ‘still getting used to this lead singing stuff’ it seemed effortless. They surprised the fans with a new song coming off their upcoming album and the general enthusiasm to still be continuing on as a band was evident. It was a top drawer performance and uplifting to see that despite the troubles, they are only getting stronger.


Come back tomorrow to check out part 2!

SikTh, British Sea Power, The Rifles and a shedload more announced for Camden Rocks!

Camden Rocks, the one day festival that is set to takeover Camden have just added more bands to their brilliantly, huge line up.

Brighton rockers British Sea Power and prog metal band SikTh among 41 other rock bands have been added to the list where they will be joining the likes of Maximo Park, Public image Limited and Twin Atlantic on their stacked bill.

For SikTh fans this will be an extra special show this year as it will be their only London appearance with the band commenting “The last show we played with SikTh at Camden Rocks was an incredibly intense and intimate show. Hope we can bring that energy to this one. We didn’t want to play London for a while but this offer came in and we couldn’t refuse. Really excited” 

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Other additions from the latest announcement include Echobelly, Danny Goffey, The Rifles, Eliza and the Bear, RavenEye, The Faim and plenty more that were all hand selected by the organisers to join the huge day of music.

The full list of bands announced are: Sikth,  British Sea Power,The Rifles (Acoustic), echobelly, Eliza and the Bear, RavenEye. Vex Red. The LaFontaines, Danny Goffey, The Amorettes, Black Map, Rews, Dirty Thrills, Sad Season, The Faim, Saint Agnes, EMPIRE, LOOM, AutoPilot – UK, Tim Muddiman & The Strange, Iamwarface, Kris Barras Band, Man The Lifeboats, Brightlight City, The Luka State,  DAMN DICE,  The Black Roses,  NAKED SIX,  L Sicario,  This Year’s Ghost,  Weekend Recovery,  Cavalcade, Wicked Splinters, LEONTAS, RiverChild, Bugeye, Shea, The Gulps, Via Dolorosa, Nash Albert, Calico Jack, Sarah Vista And The Henchman and Harry Pane.

Camden Rocks are also offering the chance for a band to play the main stage on the day with their band submission competition, where one lucky band will be able to join the bill and play at the KOKO venue. For a chance of having a spot on the bill you can submit here.

The legendary Isle of Wight Festival just got bigger with 18 more acts announced! 

Just when you thought the Isle of Wight line-up for 2018 is  already pretty decent, the additional 18 acts announced yesterday have definitely launched this event among the must-see festivals this summer!

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So, to recap – with a carefully selected variety of captivating headliners including Liam Gallagher, Kasabian, The Killers and Depeche Mode as well as The Script, Van Morisson, Blossoms and James Bay announced back in December, the Isle of Wight was already off to be an unmissable event. But this was not all – another wave of acts was announced in February, that included the likes of Manic Street Street Preachers, Camilla Cabello, Soul II Soul, Feeder, Rita Ora, Tom Grennan, The Skids, Tokyo Myers and Circa Waves to name a few.

Then, yesterday, 21st March, marking the start of the 3 month countdown, 18 more acts will be joining the stage, including Thursday, 21st June, headliners The Wombats, Sigrid, Travis, The Pretty Things, Paradisia and many more.

Have a look at the full line-up:

 

Celebrating it’s 50th anniversary, the Isle of Wight has gathered a collection of the highest quality, most well-known and loved acts and artists and is determined to make this year’s festival one that no one can afford to miss!

Tickets are selling fats, so make sure to get yours at: http://isleofwightfestival.com/info/tickets

Roll-on June!

Slam Dunk have just made Tuesday a little bit better!

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Happy Tuesday!

Slam Dunk have just officially announced even more bands to be added to their increasingly stacked bill which already contains the likes of Good Charlotte, Jimmy Eat World, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and PVRIS to name just a few.

Today the traveling festival have announced that Moose Blood, As It Is, King Prawn, Guttermouth, The Dangerous Summer, Woes and Templeton Pek have all been added to the festival’s impressive line up which is bursting full of rock and punk goodness.

They will be joining the line up along with The Devil Wears Prada, Astroid Boys, Brutality Will Prevail and Loathe which were announced to join the Impericon.co.uk stage at the festival.

You can see the full line up below:

Rize Festivals has announced the first names for its 2018 line-up

Liam Gallagher and Stereophonics are to headline the brand new RiZe Festival, which is set to take place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford on 17th and 18th of August 2018.

Last year, Festival Republic said V Festival would be rebranded after Richard Branson announced Virgin would no longer be sponsoring the event. However, Rize is being called a “brand new festival”.

The festival also features other names from Bastille, Maximo Park, Tom Grennan, and many more.

More bands are due to be announced across the festival’s four stages.

Day tickets for RiZE cost from £59.50 plus booking fees, with weekend tickets from £115.

Listen to our playlist below of some of the rock bands you’ll be hearing at RiZe Festival this year: