CHARLEY FARLEY & MORAG FARLEY
(PHOTO CREDITS: MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)
Planet Rockstock landed at Trecco Bay, Porthcawl again for the fourth year and Planet Rock set up the second stage to highlight some of the hottest bands rising through the ranks.
Kicking off the Saturday morning, were Florence Black, from Merthyr Tydfil, fresh from a support spot in Paris with Stone Sour. They drew an amazing number of people to the room for their set of high energy rock, blowing away any cobwebs from the Friday night shenanigans. An amazing start to the day.
Next up were Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters, from Cardiff, who kept the momentum going with Beth’s powerful vocals and the band showing how tight a unit they have become supporting the Electric Boys on their UK tour.
Godsticks, also from South Wales were up next, unfortunately the progressive heavy rock didn’t keep the majority of the crowd engaged. They provided the most unique sound of the weekend with a blend of Prog and heavier rock. Having listened back to their tracks since Rockstock I believe their place in the running ordered was a major factor in their reception, not the quality of their work.
These Wicked Rivers brought their brand of southern tinged, at times dirty rock to the early afternoon session. This Derby based four piece who have recently been Planet Rock’s ‘One To Watch’ showed in their short set why they were chosen for this accolade.
Gabriella Jones, a rising star from the Midlands took to stage and wowed the crowd with her style of poppy blues. Her strong vocals and catchy songs getting the crowd behind her from the start with them joining in during her single ‘Take Me To The Party’.
The Texas Flood from Neath took the tempo up a level with their brand of raw heavy rock to a great reception from the crowd.
Trucker Diablo, from Northern Ireland were the last band of the session. These four guys would not have looked out of place on the main stage with their thunderous sound and amazing stage presence. Receiving an amazing reaction from the Rockstock crowd at the end of their set there is no wonder that these guys were also another one of Planet Rock’s ‘Ones To Watch’
The second stage opened up for the Sunday session with Departed, this Devon four piece showing exactly why they have supported the likes of Status Quo and Michael Schenker. The ideal opening act for the last day, with their well written and performed tracks and Mark Pascall’s banter with the crowd made them a number of new fans.
Next up were DeVience, a London based band who’s front man Giovanni Spano had just flown in from Toronto, where he’s performing in ‘Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical’ just for the Rockstock performance. A High energy and tight set bodes well for what these guys have in the pipeline.
Kane’d were next, another South Wales band on the line up, this 7 piece band, let rip in the only way they know how. Stating that receiving a good or bad review they don’t really care as they are enjoying themselves, they really did have a ball on stage.
Piston impressed the crowd with their southern, blues style. From the quality performance you wouldn’t have guessed the bass player; Beka was a short notice replacement.
Mason Hill had packed the room out, having traveled through the night from Scotland after supporting GUN they were the highlight of the session. Stunning vocals, sublime guitars these boys are going all the way. For the rest of the day many people called for Mason Hill to return on the main stage in 2018.
The closing act of the second stage was Mollie Marriott (Xander and the Peace Pirates had to pull out due to illness), with her soulful delivery of songs. Having just completed her tour with Bad Touch to excellent reviews she was well received and even paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with ‘I Should Have Known It’
So Rockstock 2017 has been once again showcased a number of great bands, keep an eye out on Down The Front Media’s website for news on all these great bands including some interviews.
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