WINTERS END 2018 - Friday 23.02.18

DAVID LYDIARD, NAOMI JEREMIAH, CHARLEY FARLEY, MORAG FARLEY & CLAIRE HILL

(Photo Credits: MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

THE FALLEN STATE got Friday night proceedings off to a flying start with their lively brand of energetic rock. Singer Ben Stenning used the whole stage and got the crowd going with great interaction, encouraging them to sing back the obligatory “Woah” in ‘Burn It To The Ground’, following a lighter ballad. The band are confident players, the dual guitars of Jon Price and Dan Oke combine beautifully to provide that contemporary rock sound that the audience clearly enjoyed. Confident frontman Ben had great interaction with the crowd and looked like he was having the time of his life.

 

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Midlands rockers THE BAD FLOWERS, currently on tour with Friday night headliners Stone Broken, played a set full of catchy tunes that had the audience bobbing their heads from the start. Vocalist/guitarist Tom Leighton encouraged the crowd to sing back with him, and then he proposed a “song title for the weekend!” - ‘Let’s Misbehave’, followed by ‘Be Your Man’ and ‘Thunderchild’. Tom then introduced Dale Tonks, who went into a bass solo with delicious throbbing bass lines, which were then joined by the pounding drums of Karl Selickis, straight into ‘Lightning Strikes’. A fantastic set that had the audience on their side.

 

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Next onto the stage were AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS who delivered to us a true masterclass in showmanship. Performing a mixture of songs from their acclaimed debut ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’ as well a couple of Heaven’s Basement classics, the band were on fire and the packed crowd lapped up every note. As is now tradition at a Cult Classics gig, Aaron went into the audience, this time for a handstand spot that was met with roars of approval. A mid-song costume change that almost went awry, leaving Buchanan without shoes and an admittance that they “fucked up” a couple of times didn’t matter one iota, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics put on a superb performance of high energy rock with incredibly, powerful vocals that left the Winters End faithful wanting more.

 

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It must be quite interesting for a man with the musical history of PHIL CAMPBELL to find himself taking the ‘Special Guest’ slot to relative newcomers to the scene. However, we know that he, along with his band, are simply happy to play… and play they did. They have a unique sound, which has clear Motorhead influences, yet also acknowledges the talents of Phil’s three sons. With Dane on drums, the distinctive double kick keeps the audience on their toes and the cheers almost drown out Tyler and Todd on bass and guitar respectively, while Neil delivers the vocals as though he has been doing it for as long as Phil. There are no egos on that stage and they clearly enjoy performing as much as the packed venue enjoyed hearing their mix of older tunes together with tracks from their recently released album ‘Age of Absurdity’ including ‘Dark Days’ which is widely reported to be Phil’s favourite on the album. Their set was over all too soon as they finished off with their cover of Silver Machine and paid tribute to past members of Motorhead.

 

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Friday night headliners STONE BROKEN came onstage to rapturous applause from the packed crowd. After launching into renditions of ‘Heartbeat Away’, ‘Doesn’t Matter’ and ‘Stay All Night’, Vocalist/guitarist Rich Moss said, “We were here last year and we had a fantastic reaction so when Planet Rock came back to us and said do you want to play Winter’s End again and headline on Friday night, we were like ‘hell yeah!’ Thank you so much for being with us.”

 

Their set was full of the hard-hitting, sing-a-long, anthemic rock Stone Broken are known for and they had the audience eating out of the palm of their hands from the moment they stepped on stage. Bassist Kieron Conroy and Guitarist Chris Davis are accomplished musicians and the whole band play as a tight unit. There were some new tracks from the eagerly awaited album ‘Ain’t Always Easy’ (out on 2nd March) interspersed with the more familiar tracks, and the crowd loved it.

 

Robyn Haycock’s drum solo in the middle of the set was one of the highlights. She looked like she was having the time of her life and her grin was infectious. Said Rich of his fiancée Robyn and to introduce the anthemic ‘Home’, “I’m very lucky, Robyn is right behind me the whole way on tour. These ones have to leave their loved ones at home, which is why we’ve written a song about just that”. All too soon, the fourteen song long set finished with the ballad ‘Wait For You’ and old favourite, ’Not Your Enemy’.

 

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