Wednesday 15th March 06 - Heat 7, Best Original Band at The Springhead
By Anita Blakeston
Heat Seven - Girls will be girls ...
The night where Mr. Blake has, thankfully, recovered from his 'flu and is back on sarcasm and shirts.
Good to see and hear, but beware the faint hearted.
He never did tell us the Everly Brothers tale, by the way.
Also a night for mysterious goings-on with the bands....two girls from Quick!
went out shopping and never came back ... Footloose did a Prince and became The Parody
... .and the girl on guitar in the Dumps has a beard ...
Our first, brave band of the night was Quick, to the Observatory!
It seems they were so quick going to the observatory that the ladies playing flute and
clarinet were left behind.
Lou on guitar, Rob on Bass and Ben on drums were left to create music as a three piece.
In the sound-check I wondered how they would pull the performance off as they have no vocals
either, which makes talking to the audience a bit of a challenge!
I have to say that I was fascinated by the performance.
If I am allowed to categorise they did long jazz-type songs with intricate playing.
I don't know how they followed each-other and the music for all that time.
It was extremely entertaining and quite mesmerizing. Lou did get a lot of votes for
man-of-the-match and deservedly so.
Second on with a blues-rock set was the band formerly known as Footloose.
I have taken the liberty of giving them a Prince-like symbol: ζ
They are now known officially as The Parody.
The boys in this band also amazed me, as I am used to seeing the gentler acoustic music they do.
They are so young (Will is only18) and they gave us some superb mature blues-rock tunes that
Many of the bands currently on TV would have been proud to have written some of these.
Well done to Will and Sam Chandler for their driving vocals and great guitar work and to
Tom on drums who played extremely well.
Not quite sure about Ed on bass as he looked so nervous all night - go for it, Ed,
this business is the most fun there is!!!
Third on stage and winners of the heat were Dumpvalve.
What a beautiful name for such a melodic and tuneful band.
These boys are great and everyone said the same their rock/metal may not be my cup of tea,
but they do it brilliantly. I thought they played faultlessly and their experience showed through.
Steve Dump makes a great front-man and was very brave playing in front of his
boss and also brave for interfering with the guitarist's wah-wah.
Talking of Silk Dump, who is a great man-of-the-match guitar player, he has that
Pink striped tights, black tight-fitting frock, hair down to waist (gorgeous) - and
a beard too...mmmmm. Steve do you really want to grab his wah-wah?
Dan Dump was just amazing on drums and my man-of-the-comp so far as he all but sliced
off a finger in rehearsal last night (it was swollen and throbbing he said -
I assumed he meant his finger ...) and didn't let it spoil his performance.
Big Dave Dump looked as though he really had a great time and did a superb job on bass.
Such aggressive music from three lovely blokes ... and Silk. Well deserved winners.
Quick, to the Observatory: 141
The Parody: 157
Excitement also for the Gig Shop crew on delivery of the new baby - a lovely new
Soundcraft 40 channel mixing desk.
Now I don't care how many instruments you all bring - I have the channels!
For the benefit of the lady who was curious at the end of the gig - no, we don't
just press anything and hope - we do know how it all works!!!
Music Reviews - Mak's Birthday Sunday Sesh 2006 By Chu Nin
Just come home from a top night at Sunday Sesh at Linnet and Lark pub.
Unbeknownst to me DJ Mak decided to have a birthday (another one?).
There were at least eighty to a hundred people in, maybe more.
I walked in and caught the last of Matt Edible's set.
I have experienced the intensity of his music before, songs that combine beautiful
Music Reviews - Wednesday 1st March - Larrikin Love at UTI at The Adelphi By Emily Photographs by Mo
Larrikin Love playing at Adelphi was a very interesting idea for
everyone that turned up to the gig: they're known to be a very fresh and promising new
band, yet although they have a wide internet audience, they still have quite a lot to prove.
Me, I'm not so sure that they won everyone over.
Park and Ride did their best to rouse the crowd, and put in a lot of effort with
Music Gig Gallery - Republished with unseen pictures - The Ordinary Boys at Sweet N Sour at The Welly Monday 4th October 04 by Darren Rogers
Checkout this incredible 7 page Photo Gallery of The Ordinary Boys at the The Welly
Monday 4th October 2004 by Darren Rogers. Darrens photographs are brilliant, almost as good as being there and
too good to miss so I'm republishing it with unseen pictures for all the music fans to enjoy... and thanks Darren.
Music Reviews - Monday 3rd April 06 - Abrasive Wheels, Slander and Certified at The Ringside, Hull By Dick Spring Photo Gallery By Mo
Tonight had all the promise of being a giant of a gig, and was eagerly awaited by the punks of
Hull young and old.
But, sadly due to a family emergency, one of the billed headline acts, Discharge, had to
fly back home to the States where he now lives.
Understandably there was massive disappointment at this bad news, though front man Rat
turned up at the show (he was
Music Reviews - Monday 27th March 06 - Raw-UK Launch at The Welly By Joe Hakim Photos by Darren Rogers
So the night starts with me getting my wires crossed and spending twenty minutes standing
outside the wrong venue.
It's freezing cold and it takes two cigarettes to make the correct synapses in my brain fire
up, and then I realise my mistake.
Somewhat sheepishly I make my way to The Welly, my face half paralysed by the wind.
Once I get there I have the task of actually
Music Reviews - Thursday 2nd March - HULLucinations Launch at Silhouette - Dirty Dreamers, 10,000 Things, Your Vegas and The Johnsons By Michelle Dee Gallery by Darren Rogers
Tonight was the first night of the latest live music night to hit Hull.
Organised by a team of dedicated music fanatics and not shadowy, uncaring corporate
faces Hullucinations promised a top night of quality musical entertainment.
Paul and Dave the men behind the project had used all tools at their disposal to start
advertising the night well in advance.
Along with the usual flyers and posters, they had a half
Music Reviews - Wednesday 1st March 06 - Heat Five, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Five - A test for The Bonnitts
This proved to be an interesting evening's entertainment between The Bonnitts,
who were strong contenders in the final of BOB 2004, and two bands that are
pretty new to the Hull scene. Secretly Soulmates, who traveled from Scunthorpe -
yes there is a thriving music scene there and it isn't very far by car and
Music Reviews - Tuesday 31st January 06 - The Sesh featuring Kill Surf City, Rednite Strip, The Chase and John Copley By Michelle Dee Photographs by Darren Rogers
Last night I made my way down Princes Ave towards Linnet and Lark and a night of live music
that promised to be rather good.
By the time I arrived the newly refurbished hostelry was filling up quicker than the
5.30 tube from Fenchurch Street.
After a few local demos, including a noteworthy new one from GST Cardinals called
Dirty little, The Chase took to the stage.
They had had to
Music Reviews - Wednesday 8th March 06 - Jethro Tull at Hull City Hall By Dave Fox
In 1968 Jethro Tull's first album titled This Was first hit Britain,
and nearly 40 years later I'm buzzing my tits off at the prospect of seeing them live.
So what is it about this band that has kept them going for all this time?
Jethro Tull were the first real experimental/prog rock band to
really make their mark, but what really makes them stand out is the incredible
Music Reviews - Thursday 2nd March 06 - Mr. Mojo, Arcade and Mr Big at The Mainbrace By David Smith
Gigs were aplenty in Hull last night. With bands performing at both The Piper and The Adelphi,
I felt obliged to check out the alternative choice.
Following their highly enjoyable acoustic set at The Wellington Inn in early January,
I attended the Mainbrace pub on Beverley Road last night, hoping to be equally
impressed with Arcade's full band showing.
Unfortunately I missed
Music Reviews - Wednesday 22nd February 06 -Heat Four, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston Photos By Jane Foster
Everyone anticipated a busy night. Both Steve Fulsham and Meg Williams are very
popular bands in these heats.
The Gig Shop team flew in hot from a sound engineering course in Liverpool run by
none other than 'Big Mick' Hughes who has done a massive 1340 gigs for Metallica.
('Glutton' and 'punishment' spring to mind).
Also engineers from Scissor Sisters,
Music Reviews - Saturday 25th February 06 - Dirty Dreamers, Viper 88s, They Died Too Young, When Saturn Returns and Cat - Islington Lark In The Park By Michelle Dee
A small crowd gathered outside Debenhams, the usual meeting point for these band
jaunts, on a chill Saturday morning.
Some were carrying an array of provisions for the long journey to the capital.
Our group was made up of Danny, Matt, and John Paul from The Johnsons, Me, Jo and
Rachel, Uncle Dave and Paul from the Hullucinations team, Begbie, Ash Dreamer, Darren and David.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 8th February 06 - Heat 2, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat 2 - What can one say? As one partakes of post-gig port and a cigar - pphh f***'s sake what were
The Shine all about?
Whichever band you came to watch - and be fair - you couldn't miss the we're going to blow
'em out of the stadium attitude of The Shine!
Watch out the Arctic Monkeys if you've offered them a tour support!
But, back to Earth.
We do have three excellent bands to talk about and,
Music Reviews - Thursday 23rd February 06 - Fado Rock at Adelphi By Michelle Dee
On a strange winter's night I decided to drop in to Adelphi on De Grey Street in
the hope of finding some good live music.
What I found was an eclectic mix of musicians and bands.
As I walked in I found, much to my disappointment, that I'd missed Ade Webb.
He is a rather talented singer song writer whose soothing album has calmed
my nerves from time to time after a long day.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 15th February 06 - Dazed Dakotas Double Up at Ringside By Michelle Dee
Due to some late cancellations the Dazed Dakotas were left without supporting acts tonight.
However, rather than worrying about it they turned the situation very much to their
advantage deciding to play not one but two very different sets.
The first was a selection of the songs played at the Sesh the previous night, including the
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Music Reviews - Tuesday 21st February 06 - The Last Stand Feat The Future Elements and Franks Right Hand Trouser at The Sesh By Jon Durham Review Photos by Jon Durham and Cilla
Who is Frank and what does his right hand trouser have to do with anything?
It wouldn't surprise me if I wasn't the only member amongst The Sesh's audience
left feeling a little mystified by the name of tonight's support act, FRHT.
Perhaps this explains the reason why the band is currently in the process of
rethinking their name.
Having never seen or even heard of FRHT before
Music Reviews - 14th February 06 - Valentines Sesh Dazed Dakotas By Michelle Dee
Tuesday night after running around like a blue-arsed fly I finally got to the Sesh.
As ever, it was packed from the doors to the bar and getting from one to the other
was going to prove problematic.
Drink in hand I steered my way over to the right-hand side of the tiny stage
and caught up with tonight's headliners SideWinder.
Also on the bill were Tonik and new