GIANTS OF ROCK - DAY 1 ROUNDUP 26.01.18

LINDSAY SMITH-BOAM

(PHOTO CREDITS: LINDZRS MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Butlin’s in January may not seem like a totally tempting proposition until you throw in around 41 Rock and Prog bands, then it becomes unmissable.

 

Day 1 opened with an early start on the ‘Introducing Stage’. Ethyrfield are a 3 piece from Newton Abbot, Devon.  I had heard good things about them and these were proved more than true as the set opened with ‘Ignitor’ and a blistering set of hard and heavy music flooded the room. Full of impressive riffs and some serious bass these 3 teenagers blew the stage apart with their brand of rock.   A couple of covers including the final song, Diamond Head’s ‘Am I Evil’ demonstrated how good the music was.   Dimly lit and packed with an appreciative crowd, it was hard to believe it was only 5.30 in the afternoon so many people had come to support such a young and extremely talented band. 

 

*PHOTOS ARE NOT TO BE USED WITHOUT THE PRIOR CONSENT OF DOWN THE FRONT MEDIA. PLEASE DIRECT ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO INFO@DOWNTHEFRONTMEDIA.COM*

Next up was ‘Scarlet Castles’ a prog rock trio from Manchester.    Heavy riffs and broken melodies delivered with an air of confidence and comfort with each other.  Of particular note was the harmonies which were tight and showed why the band had been chosen to play at such a big event. 

 

*PHOTOS ARE NOT TO BE USED WITHOUT THE PRIOR CONSENT OF DOWN THE FRONT MEDIA. PLEASE DIRECT ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO INFO@DOWNTHEFRONTMEDIA.COM*

With the main stage kicking off at the same time I was really disappointed not to able to catch Kikamora who had impressed me so much when I caught them in November last year, but I heard more than enough good things from festival goers who had seen them to give them a mention here.

 

The main stage played host to the mighty FM.  Steve Overland has the voice.  Full of delicious, delightful melody.  The band have a distinct sound from the dual guitars of Steve and Jim and whether it is on a small or large stage, it is phenomenal.  Jim Kirkpatrick is an outstanding guitarist and combine his skills with those of groovy bass player Merv Goldsworthy and keys of Jem Davis, the formula is tight and winning.  Pete Jupp has a rhythm to his drumming which completes the sound perfectly driving it from behind his kit.  For all aspiring AOR bands, these are the guys to put on a pedestal and aspire to be like.  Song after song of classic hits including, ‘Life is a Highway’, ‘Love Be The Leader’, ‘Digging Up The Dirt’, ‘Tough It Out’, ‘Someday You’ll Come Running’ and ‘All Or Nothing’, your ears go into meltdown as the magic emanates from the stage.

 

*PHOTOS ARE NOT TO BE USED WITHOUT THE PRIOR CONSENT OF DOWN THE FRONT MEDIA. PLEASE DIRECT ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO INFO@DOWNTHEFRONTMEDIA.COM*

Magnum were faced with a tough job to follow on from FM and initially they did.  Bob Catley must be in his 70’s but still has a good voice.  The Birmingham band have just released a new album to much acclaim and along with hearing some classic songs, new ones were also played.  However, a technical hitch with the guitar brought things to a standstill and after a long delay the set resumed but was cut short not pleasing the crowd.

 

*PHOTOS ARE NOT TO BE USED WITHOUT THE PRIOR CONSENT OF DOWN THE FRONT MEDIA. PLEASE DIRECT ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO INFO@DOWNTHEFRONTMEDIA.COM*

Over on the ‘Reds’ stage, Martin Turner Ex Wishbone Ash had drawn a large crowd.  Prog in its finest form of complex riffs and funky bass, the band enthralled and entertained as they performed classic Wishbone Ash’s Argus album tracks.  With songs like ‘Time Was’, Misha Nikolic and Danny Wilson are the catalysts for Martin’s superb bass playing as both are skilled guitarists individually but playing together, the music was pure class. The charismatic drumming and backing vocals from Tim Brown together with Danny’s additional vocals fill out and complement Martin’s lead vocals to the appreciation of the delighted the audience.

 

*PHOTOS ARE NOT TO BE USED WITHOUT THE PRIOR CONSENT OF DOWN THE FRONT MEDIA. PLEASE DIRECT ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO INFO@DOWNTHEFRONTMEDIA.COM*

The Brew brought their high energy, dirty riff laden rock to the main stage. Fuzzy feedback and hard-hitting drumming gave them a loud and heavy sound which reverberated round the room.  The crowd loved them.  Great rock music, delivered well and they certainly gained a new following from the AOR infused audience remaining from FM and Magnum.

 

*PHOTOS ARE NOT TO BE USED WITHOUT THE PRIOR CONSENT OF DOWN THE FRONT MEDIA. PLEASE DIRECT ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO INFO@DOWNTHEFRONTMEDIA.COM*

Over on the Reds stage, Those Damn Crows threw the gauntlet down to other new bands and demanded they be taken note of.  I love these guys, cracking vocals, awesome guitar work, heavy drumming and a performance which had me sweaty just watching them – they so used their time on the larger stage well after being one of the winners from the introducing stage of 2017.  A great idea from the Giants of Rock Team and an opportunity for the Crows that was not wasted.  New music thrown in from their forthcoming album, which proved that this band are on the up and definitely ones to watch. Awesome job!

 

This was an amazing start to the weekend. 

 

*PHOTOS ARE NOT TO BE USED WITHOUT THE PRIOR CONSENT OF DOWN THE FRONT MEDIA. PLEASE DIRECT ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO INFO@DOWNTHEFRONTMEDIA.COM*

To book tickets for GIANTS OF ROCK 2019, click here: https://www.bigweekends.com/your-break/190464

Print Print | Sitemap
© DownTheFrontMedia