Red Hawk Rising / Red Thirteen - The Big Red, London 22.04.17

Naomi Jeremiah & David Lydiard


What better way to spend a Saturday night than at the awesome venue that is The Big Red. We were there once again and this time it was to watch Red Hawk Rising who were being supported by Red Thirteen. Every time we've attended The Big Red it has been packed out and Saturday night was no exception. The venue was buzzing.


Red Thirteen are four piece, sleaze rock band consisting of Rich Smith (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar), Paul Cook (Lead Guitar), Lak Bangar (Bass) & Matt Davis (Drums). This was the first time we had heard any Red Thirteen material, so we didn't know what to expect. What we got was a set full of high energy rock. The riffs got the crowd moving and we got our favourite, double bass drumming that sounded like gun shots. Always guaranteed to put smiles on our faces. No strangers to The Big Red, as they recently supported Guns 2 Roses, Red Thirteen engaged the crowd and put on a great show. They've recently released a music video for their song Green Eyed Monster which you can check out on their Facebook Page HERE

If we had to critique one thing it would be that Rich's voice struggled at times against the wall of sound that the band generates. Would recommend checking Red Thirteen out if you get the chance and we shall no doubt catch them again.


Headlining proceedings were the awesome Red Hawk Rising. We found out about them fairly recently as we played their song, "You Are A Woman, I Am A Machine", on our Down The Front podcast, and we were excited to see what they could do in a live setting. We weren't disappointed. With songs touching on subjects such as the Rwandan Genocide, Nazi's and Charles Manson, as well as a rip roaring cover of Proud Mary, the band tore through their set displaying fantastic musicianship throughout. Derin Adebiyi on vocals is an engaging performer with a rich and powerful voice #powerpipes

The band are tight and have a knack for crafting solid and hook filled songs that stick with you. Unfortunately train times meant we had to bail out before the last song but the hour that we saw was fantastic. The Big Red shook as those of us watching danced to the hard rocking rhythms that Red Hawk Rising provided. They recently supported Marco Mendoza on his UK tour and they seem to be going from strength to strength.

We look forward to seeing them again and we encourage you to go and check these guys out because they put on one awesome Rock Show!


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