When the organizer of LunchFest asked me back in November 2018, that he was working on something for early 2019, he asked would I be interested in covering it and do some interviews with the bands that are playing, and I initially said yes, but remind closer to the date. So February came and he asked me again and I confirmed that I was going to go.
The day came that LunchFest was going to happen, So got down to the Legacy Bar early to basically set up for the interviews and when I got set up the first band that I interviewed was Laurens Court, then Josh Hodgson, then Thieves Of Liberty, then Void, then Dutch Elm, and lastly Kickin Lillies.
As the gig started, it was kicked off by Josh Hodgson, a solo acoustic guitarist. As Josh started I was thinking, Ok, this guy is pretty decent singer and guitarist, and as his set went on, he was interacting with the crowd, and he had a good response from them. When he said that he was mainly an acoustic covers act, playing at a rock gig, I’ll better do a rock song, so he played a Nirvana song, which he did a good job of it. As he finish his set, He had impressed me enough with his set that I liked him and I will be keeping and eye on him, plus he has a gig on April 5th 2019 at Port Of Call Sunderland, UK.
Up next was Dutch Elm next, this instrumental band was pretty good. When I interviewed the band before their set, they said that sometimes when they play, people were wondering when they were going to start singing, but they wouldn’t sing as they are a instrumental band. As they started their set, the drummer had a mic and introduced the first song, and then started. Throughout their set, the drummer was introducing each song and was saying sing along if you know the words, which got a chuckle from me and the crowd. Dutch Elm is another band that I need to keep an eye on, as this band is really good.
Kickin Lillies was on next. This was Kickin Lillies first gig as a band, they had told me that they were from other bands that broke up and they joined forces to create Kickin Lillies. When they started their set, I was OK, this is their first gig as a band, and they are not bad, these guys are pretty good musicians. As they went through their set, they were slowly growing on me, to the point where I started to like them, so I decided by the end of their set, to keep an eye them and to how they develop as a band.
Thieves Of Liberty was up next, I have seen these guys several times over the last three years of doing PMM. Now, when I first saw them three years ago (click here to view the gig review) they were pretty much a covers band, but over time they started to introduce their own original music, and I was like, Cool, this band is getting better as they are mixing it up covers with original music. So, on Saturday, at Lunchfest, I was very impressed by them as they have really developed into a hard rocking young band. The set that they did was primarily of original music, but they did throw in a couple of covers of Aerosmith and AC/DC, now they did Whole Lotta Rosie by AC/DC, I have seen AC/DC twice and both times they performed the song, I was really impressed by Thieves Of Liberty rendition of this song. As their set went on, Lidya (singer and rhythm guitarist) went into the crowd playing the guitar and I was thinking, Hell Yeah, this is so cool. Now, after this set bey them, now I see why I am a fan of theirs, as they are a brilliant band. So if you ever get the chance to see these guys go see them for yourselves.
Laurens Court was the penultimate band of the night and these were pretty good. When they started, the singer started sing What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, I was like OK, this is different. I was thinking OK, this could be interesting, and it was. As they went into their set proper, the singer was all over the place, he was standing on chairs, he was practically standing on the bar and was in the crowd, and this reminded me of few of the punk bands back in the day, where they were doing pretty the same thing. Now, this Contemporary, Experiment band was really good, as they had that stage presence to say they owned the stage. Now, this is another band that I need to keep an eye on.
Void was the headliner of Lunchfest. When I first saw Void was back in the middle of 2018, when they had their second gig and again a few months later, and I thought they were pretty decent and had potential. When I saw these again, I was thinking, OK, these guys have definitely improved since the last time I saw them. Over the course of their set, they had more confidence and a better stage presence. about half way through the set they had a problem with one of the mics, and they were professional enough to brush it off and have a bit of a laugh about it, until the sound guy changed the mic lead over. Emily and Rachael the two singers for the band, have definitely Improved the most, as they adapted to the tech problems they had with the mics. As they they went through the rest of their set, they have written several new songs and performed them. When they rapped up the set, I was very much impressed, at how much they have improved over the last six or so months.
When I was talking to the organizer of Lunchfest, he had said to me that they have been approached to do more dates with Lunchfest, and is planning on doing another one within the North East England when the warmer weather is here, so he put the gig on outside. So stay tune for information on Lunchfest.
Overall, Lunchfest was a brilliant gig, and this being the first one, I would recommend anyone to go and check any of the bands above as they were all really good.
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Thieves Of Liberty
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