WINTERS END 2018 - Sunday 25.02.18

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

(Photo Credits: MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Opening the Sunday afternoon session was the three-piece from Devon – JET BLACK 3. With a start time of 11am, it was disappointing to see that many people seemed to be recovering from the previous night as the room was all too empty. Those who were not there missed out on a great set from a band who manages to fill the room with good music despite being made up of only guitar, drums and vocals. Far from sounding thin, they gave a good performance to the small but appreciative audience.

 

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/JetBlack3Band/

 

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I had no idea what to expect from THE OUTLAW ORCHESTRA other than I’d heard a song or two from their EP and wasn’t that fussed. With that said, I was intrigued to hear what they sounded like as a live band.

 

Well, never judge a book by its cover, as they say, because I was treated to half an hour of “heavy grass” (Heavy Bluegrass – a much better term than what Country Grass was shortened too – ahem!). Each song was preceded by a bit of humorous banter that got the crowd onside and each song was a fun-filled foot stomper. Hailing from the Deep Southampton, they dress the part – double-bassist Alex in his dungarees, frontman Dave with his trucker hat and randomly, banjo player Stephen seemingly sponsored by Adidas for the weekend! The ultimate party band, The Outlaw Orchestra played a blinder and by the size of the line at the merch table, I wasn’t the only one that thought so.

 

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/theoutlaworchestra/

 

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It was the turn of Prog next with GHOST COMMUNITY who delivered a sterling set with songs taken from their latest album ‘Cycle of Life’. As with most Prog bands, the songs lengths and arrangements gave each member ample time to stretch out and show off their chops and despite fighting a cold, vocalist John Paul Vaughan sounded pretty good throughout. If Prog music is your thing then I recommend you seek out Ghost Community’s music.

 

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/ghostcommunityHQ/

 

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All female rockers, JOANovARC took to the stage in front of a crowd who had eagerly awaited their appearance. The four piece from London gave a performance that showed why they were nominated for Planet Rock’s ‘Best New Band’ in the recent rock awards. With powerful vocals, Sam took no prisoners as she rocked her way through a brilliant set, finishing with Freebird, which was delivered brilliantly.

 

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/joanovarcofficial/?hc_ref=ARTYrHljapio2rdTO_ENcGqzY1O0o-zyNWDtu01ttviyc3Jthip3SlifBbJPAWcputU

 

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Final band of Sunday afternoon, VOODOO SIX played to an attentive audience as they ran through their repertoire of soulful rock tracks including ‘Make Way For The King’ and ‘Take The Blame’. In good voice and wearing an eye-catching Michael Bolton t-shirt, frontman Nik Taylor-Stoakes peppered their set with easy banter with the crowd between songs, “Normally by Sunday at a festival, the crowd stinks, but I know you lot have showers in your accommodation, so there’s no excuse!” and “It’s Sunday night, who’s got school tomorrow? Oh, you’re a teacher? I’d never have guessed!” I think it’s safe to say new fans were gained here as there were many heads-a-bobbing and toes-a-tapping as Matt Pearce’s fantastic guitar solos captivated the crowd.

 

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/VoodooSixBand/

 

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Sunday night openers THEIA’s first song ‘Just Go’ showed just what a tight unit the trio are. Charismatic frontman Kyle Lamley looked overjoyed and genuinely overwhelmed at the positive response from the packed audience. He said, “You guys are great, you’re in the band! We’re going to need a bigger bus! Actually, we’re going to need a bus first…we’re going to need a bigger…seat!” Theia’s set included the riff-heavy ‘Signed, Sealed, Cemented’ and ‘Ride On’, complete with pounding beats from bassist Paul Edwards and drummer Jake Dalton. Closer ‘Woop-Dee-Fucking-Doo!’ had the whole crowd singing along.

 

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/THEIAofficial/

 

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REDLINE were a complete unknown to me going into the weekend and I’ve kicked myself ever since seeing their set! Their brand of Thrashy Hard Rock is right up my street and with obvious Maiden and Dio influences throughout, I am surprised I hadn’t come across them before. Songs like ‘King of the Mountain’, ‘Battle Cry’ and ‘Empires’ were spat out with a relentless enthusiasm and vocalist Kez Taylor has got some serious #powerpipes on him! What a performance. If you’re into bands like Whitesnake, Dio, Saxon etc then give these guys a listen.

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/redline.rockband/?fref=mentions

 

 

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FRAGILE THINGS had a couple of technical issues when Hugo Bowman broke his snare and Steve Lathwell’s bass strap broke, “We’ve been sabotaged!” said vocalist Richie Heavenz, but the four members quickly overcame these problems and played a blinding set full of fist-pumping, riff-filled, melodic rock songs, including ‘Adrenaline’, that held the interest of the packed room. Heavenz then invited their friend Eloise onstage to sing backing vocals to current single ‘Disappear’ which went down really well with the crowd, before closing with their first single, ’Broken Sun’.

 

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/fragilethingsofficial/

 

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The eagerly awaited penultimate act of the festival was THE QUIREBOYS. As they were introduced, we were reminded that they have been around for about 40 years. However, as Spike pointed out – “That impossible- I’m only 27”. That was the first of many off the cuff comments from the stage as the band performed a blinding set. Spikes stage attire brought the unusual addition of an airboot to protect his recently broken foot. This was the second time I’d seen this band in the last month or so, and I was delighted to see that, compared to their previous outing, they were on top form. Finishing their set with ‘7 O’clock’, it was clear that they would also have been welcomed as a headline band.

 

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/THE-QUIREBOYS-12780092151/

 

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The final band of the festival was KING KING. Whilst they may not be to everyone’s taste, the band, led by kilted frontman Alan Nimmo, were rapturously received by the capacity crowd that had been well and truly warmed up by the antics of the Quireboys. King King have overcome some difficulties this year, but have returned and delivered on the faith that Planet Rock had placed in them with the final headline slot.

 

The hall was full to capacity as their unique brand of blues rock reverberated through the room. It was obvious that this was the headline act people have been waiting for. Alan need not have worried if he’d forgotten any of his lyrics - the crowd, as ever, were there to help him out. With 2017 a challenging year for the band, I am looking forward to seeing these guys out on tour in a month or two.

 

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/kingkingalannimmo/

 

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