If those New Year’s Resolutions are getting too much to handle and the January blues are really kicking in, get yersen down to one of these ace gigs. They’ll keep ya distracted in the best possible way. This week there’s an eclectic mix of Acoustic talent in Eastwood, a headline show at Rescue Rooms, and some of Notts’ finest from BBC Introducing and Y Not Festival at Rough Trade.
Roots Acoustic Evening have got a stellar lineup of, funny this, Acoustic goodness waiting for ya up at The Wellington Inn in Eastwood this Tuesday.
Kicking things off we have the lush tones of Mansfield lad JAMES DALBY. ‘Lush’ might sound like an odd word to describe vocals, but seriously, have a listen and you’ll get what we mean. It’s like caramel to your ears. You know, the kind cliches such as “he could sing the phone book and it’d sound beaut” were written about… yeah, you get it.
Following we have the sweet Country-esque sounds of LAUREN APRIL. We had the pleasure of having this lovely lady on our 2015 Summer School tour, and each time her delicate songwriting and insanely powerful vocal blew us away. We have no doubt she’ll do the same to you.
Rounding off the night we have Eastwood native DANIEL PAXTON. This gent doesn’t seem to have any studio recordings out there at the min (keeping us waiting, ay?), but from some sneaky clips we found on Facebook, he’s defo nailed a unique sound. Husky vocals, rockstar swagger, and some good old fashioned guitar battering. Ace.
The Wellington Inn,
Tuesday 12th January
ADELPHIA will be headlining the main stage over at Rescue Rooms on Saturday. The Alt Rock five-piece first came onto the scene back in 2013 and have since built up a large (and incredibly dedicated) fanbase. Over the years, the band have played Hit The Deck and Download Festival as well as being featured in Rock Sound and been played on Kerrang! The band have found a beautiful middle-ground, floating between anthemic, mosh-pit appropriate tunes to those emotional slow rock ones (the tears will be trickling down your face).
Joining them on the night will be THE SPANGLE CORPS. The five-piece will be bringing a whole load of Pop Punk energy to the stage. They’ll be releasing ‘Precedent’ soon, so keep an eye (or an ear) out for new tracks from the album on the night.
HELLO TOMORROW will also be supporting. The four-piece make a whole load of classic Pop Punk, throwing it straight back to the 90s. They released their debut EP ‘The Calm Before the Storm’ in April of last year, with the lead track ‘What the Hell’s a Two Way’ (seriously, just Urban Dictionary it guys).
You’ll also be able to catch CUT THE HEROICS. The three piece will be playing their “exciting and spikey Pop-Punk-Rock” at the gig. Putting a modern spin on classic PP from the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Blink-182, with punchy rhythmic guitars and honest, raw lyrics.
Support also comes from Alternative Rock five-piece, HARKEN. The band have been creating huge, powerful songs with an anthemic sound that can be seen in their debut single ‘Lost Soul.” They’ll be releasing their new single ‘Art of a Coward’ on Sunday, so make sure to head down to get a sneak peak a day early
Saturday 16th January
BBC Introducing and Y Not Festival are coming together to present the first Faction of 2016 over at Rough Trade. They’ll be bringing along some awesome new artists, and get this – it’s all free!
First up are Pop-Rock band, MOWBECK. The four-piece came together at the start of last year and have already built up quite the CV. The super catchy single ‘Do You Feel At Home?’ was played on Radio 1 by Huw Stephens in October, and for good reason, it’s a super slick piece of Pop. But be warned, if ya give it a listen, you will be singing ‘Do youuuu, do you feeeel at hooooomeeee?’ for the foreseeable future. Probs a good job they’re in the Future Sessions studios soon init?
CONNOR SPRAY & THE INDIABEES are also performing on Sunday. The straight talking Hucknallians will be bringing along their swaggerful Indie Rock and Roll filled with riffs that are gonna be bringing that dark, embarrassing air guitar out from deep inside you. The four-piece have just released the video for ‘MST’ (it was one of our VOTW’s, dontcha know?), and captures a day in the life of CS&TI perfectly.
Last but definitely not least, you can catch JONNY OLLEY on the Rough Trade stage. Armed with only his guitar and vocal, Jonny creates some pretty incredible songs with honest and relatable lyrics – seriously, we’re listening and we’re like “Jonny, did you get in our minds?”. In reality, he’s probs just an ace songwriter, not a magical wizard. Both are cool though.
Also performing are The Amazons from Reading.
Sunday 17th January
Yours in Love of New Music,
Katie Beard x