Saturday 19th July 08 - Party in the Park at North End Park, Driffield
By Steve Rudd
Fast-rising sextet Divine Sinn have already managed to amass a loyal fanbase in the past
six months since their debut gig at The Winston Churchill. They are now on the verge of
releasing their second highly-anticipated album, The Seven Deadly Sinns, proving just how
determined they are as an outfit to make a name for themselves.
Kicking up a storm in the wake of Parkmoor before them, they immediately launched into
Warning, a storming war-cry of an anthem that sounds more epic than ever due to
Dave Gurr - a recent addition to the band - and his stunning keyboard melodies.
Proudly declaring that they were one of only a couple of bands on the day's bill to
be playing original material, the kilted Tom Chadwick confidently prowled around
like a true rock star in-the-making, regularly hopping off the stage and mingling with
fans on the front row.
Performing a mixture of new and old material, Pride gave the crowd a taste of what their
forthcoming album has to offer, while the slow-burning malice of Smiler showed the band
at their darkest, even if such a track is their least intense of all. Sinsation and Angels Eyes'
also blasted out a treat, the stack of speakers stage-right threatening to blow as a result of such glorious noise.
Guitar heroes Ben Gladstone and Lee Sherwin play off one another spectacularly.
Aaron Thurlow and
Nick Dixon, meanwhile, concentrate on laying down bass-lines and beats par excellence.
With future gigs confirmed in Sheffield and Doncaster, the band can do no wrong, as evidenced
by the deafening demands for an encore at the close of their set.
Finishing as they began, the six sinners once again launched into Warning - for the benefit not
only of people who'd arrived late, but for everyone to enjoy one more time.
Covers band The Others strutted on stage next and proceeded to hammer out an eclectic clutch of
popular tunes. Songs by the Kings of Leon and Franz Ferdinand jostled for attention against
cuts originally written by the Stereophonics and The Kaiser Chiefs amongst others.
Well-known Driff boys Chaser provided the climax to the day's entertainment in fine style.
Unfortunately, by the time they came on stage the heavens had opened, transforming the park
into a Glastonbury-esque mud bath.
Despite the deluge, Chaser succeeded in sustaining the size
of the crowd, treating the brolly-wielding audience to numbers such as Paolo Nutini's infectious
New Shoes, Greenday's Basketcase, The Fratellis' Chelsea Dagger and Muse's sensationally intense
Plug In Baby.
Only last year rumours had circulated that Chaser were considering splitting up, but to do so
would be a great shame. Having been around for over ten years, they've naturally built up an
incredible array of songs. What's more, singer/guitarist Ash Lawson, bassist Nick English and
drummer Don Steel always look to be thoroughly enjoying performing in front of a home crowd.
Tonight, in the heart of the park, they positively lapped up the attention, playing a faultless
set in due course.
Music Reviews - The Who 'Live at Hull'- Monday 16th February 1970 By Malcolm Holt
I know that it has taken a long time to write a gig review from over 38 years ago,
but rest assured that the memories are just as vivid now as they were back then.
I was a young 17 year old and I spent 15s (that's 75p in real money) to see
The Who perform Tommy live at Hull City Hall on 15 February 1970.
The Who had released the double album in May 1969.
Music Reviews - Saturday 12th July 08 - Moonbeams Summer Gathering at Little Kelk By Steve Rudd
Who would have thought that a star-studded music festival in a tiny Wolds village could
rival the exhilarating splendour of festivals of Glastonbury's ilk? Very few, I'm sure.
But then how many people would really believe that an annual music festival of any sort has
taken place in Little Kelk for the past four years? Even fewer, I'm positive.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 15th July 08 - Chris Helme at Hull Lamp By Steve Rudd
Alighting in Hull as part of a glorious string of intimate UK tour dates in support of his
recently released solo offering Ashes, York troubadour Chris Helme had
the sizeable Hull
crowd in fits of ecstasy due to the strength of his voice and the intensity of the
emotions conveyed both through his music and lyrics.
Only a few days previously he had wowed the gathered masses at a private mini-festival
Music Reviews - Thursday 26th June 08 - Divine Sinn at Winston Churchills, Driffield By Steve Rudd Photographs by Matt Rudd
Back playing in their hometown just a few days after their first gig in Leeds,
Divine Sinn managed to attract the Metal-loving masses in their droves,
despite the biblical deluge pounding the streets outside.
Mixing and matching material from both their debut album, Redemption, and their forthcoming follow-up,
The Seven Deadly Sinns, they energetically roared through
Music Reviews - Friday 20th June 08 - Oli Brown Band at The London Bar, Driffield By Steve Rudd
Whoever came up with the idea of putting a band on at The London Bar deserves a pat on the back.
It was certainly inspired. Moreover, whoever decided to allow Oli Brown and his band to play
deserves to be bought free drinks for an entire evening. Indeed, Oli Brown & Band put on an
incredible show in what has to be Driffield's narrowest pub.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 26th March 08 - Awash With AntleR At Adelphi By Michelle Dee
Photographs by Ian Rook Photography
My first impressions of Awash With AntleR as my slightly beer-stained notes allow from Wednesday 26th March at Adelphi.
Do with them what you will...
These girls have a mad penchant for taffeta, nylon clad feet and vintage headgear.
There's something rather inviting about them. Reminds me of a Miss Marple novel with debutantes frippery
Music Reviews - Friday 16th May 08 - Moonbeams Acoustic Evening at The Old Town Hall, Driffield By Steve Rudd
A lot of people might not realize as much, but Driffield is fast becoming THE place to play host to a
hotbed of musical talent from near and far, and it's all thanks to the impassioned enthusiasm and
organizational capabilities of Kelk's Leila Slater.
Leila adores live music so much that she's been putting on Acoustic nights at The Bell HotelRead more...
Music Reviews - Thursday 17th April Rebel Music Presents Pog Wob Joseph Porter CrackTown with DJ Eddy And Dan Van By Michelle Dee (you'd better believe it)
Billed as Another Class Night. The Rebel Music Presents night featured alt
acoustic folk from Brighton, Pog, Wob ex Blyth Power, Joseph Porter also ex
Blyth Power and Hull's own CrackTown (the love affair continues).
Whether class described the classroom feel that some of Joseph Porters' delves
into Greek history brought
Music Reviews - Wednesday 9th April 08 - The Blueskins (Last Ever Hull Show), Kal El's Cape and Kill Surf City At The Adelphi By Michelle Dee Photos By Winston Sanders (Blueskins) and Michelle Dee (others)
After being approached by CRS Events to help promote The Blueskins visit to Hull it was with a
sense of dismay that I learned that the band had taken the decision to split up the week before.
They were playing their existing dates then calling it a day. It would seem that having
EMI and Domino in your corner is not enough to guarantee successful tour attendances.
Music Reviews - Friday 11th April - Scouting For Girls at Hull University By Gemma Durham
Scouting for girls delivered a belting performance last Friday, it is safe to say
their a 2008 success story and continue to deliver top class performances to fans.
I have been lucky enough to know the band from 2005 as an original wolfcub.
The band started in 2005 with lifelong friends Roy Stride, Pete Ellard, and
The success of the band is largely down to the fans, wolfcubs, and airplay by Radio One.
Music Reviews - Friday 28th March 08 - Thisisull Live featuring CrackTown, Black and White Tango and Mermaids in the Basement at the Adelphi By Michelle Dee Photos by Lucinda Livingstone Photography
A poorly fish was I on this dank Friday night, and after a series of
delays I wasn't expecting the best of nights. How wrong was I?
Just after eight there were queues outside and they kept coming in
until well into the second band.
An odd billing perhaps, putting CrackTown on with a couple of guitar
and keys exponents but one which worked surprisingly well.
Music Reviews - Live Review and Interview with Alain from Isabel At Sunset (Tea Kettle Records) By Michelle Dee
I caught up with the Italian front man Alain on Bank Holiday Sunday evening just
before his band Isabel at Sunset were due to sound check.
Isabel at Sunset the critically acclaimed Parma band made quite an impact with
their debut album Meet The Gang last year.
Rave reviews followed from amongst others, Treblezine who awarded the five piece
indie rock band Album Of The Week.
Music Reviews - 14th March 07 Moonbeams Acoustic Night At The Old Town Hall By Steve Rudd
Consistently featuring a wealth of talent, Leila Slater's acoustic Moonbeams events
at The Bell are becoming bigger and better affairs every time. So much so that this,
the third night of its kind, was relocated from The Maple Room into The Old Town Hall
in order to accommodate the crowd.
First act of the evening was Jasper & Smirt, a couple of local lads
Music Reviews - Friday 29th February 08 - ThisisUll Live Featuring Spoken Word, The Rocky Nest and Hayokee Words and Pictures by Michelle Dee
The second thisisUll gig of 08 promised a more organic kind of live music night.
I am informed by the poets that they rarely have a fixed idea as to which pieces they will do in a set.
The choices are made for them by the audience's reaction and response.
Gauging the crowd and then responding there of is an important skill for every performer.
Music Reviews - Friday 7th March - Hull Punk Mini-Fest Featuring The Vibrators support from The Cliques Go-Go Kings Mike Watts Words and Pictures by Michelle Dee
In a back street club in Hull, a dark dingy place that smells of piss and vomit, crazed punk
fans drunk on riot and revolution, hurl themselves this way and that to raw guitar sounds
and anti-establishment rhetoric. If only that were the truth.
The reality however is somewhat different. Two local bands and a spoken word artist support
the now aged punk
Music Reviews - Saturday 1st March 08 - Edwina Hayes at Driffield Folk Club By Steve Rudd
It's not every day you get to see a world-class singer-songwriter perform in Driffield.
Similarly, it's rare for the singer-songwriter in question to actually live in town.
But then Edwina Hayes, despite her profile and enviable acquaintances in the music
industry, is thoroughly modest and down-to-earth. She doesn't seem the type of
Music Reviews - Thursday 14th February 08 - Divine Sinn at Winston Churchills, Driffield By Steve Rudd Photos by Matt Rudd
It's been a long time since Metal fans in Driffield have had a band to call their own.
Too long, in fact. So, thank the devil for new quartet Divine Sinn.
Not to be confused with Swedish rockers Divine Sin, Driffield's
Divine Sinn have been practicing hard for the past seven months
in anticipation of performing live, with this being their first
Music Reviews - Tuesday 29th January 08 - Alison Moyet at York Grand Opera House By Steve Rudd
Striding on in front of an eye-catching stage backdrop, Alison and her backing band
immediately made themselves temporarily at home on the stage. And even sat up in the
rafters of the fabulously preserved venue as I was, the sight down below was one to behold.
It's not very often that Alison hits the road, making this date in York one to be
savoured all the more.
Music Reviews - Friday 25th January 2008 - ThisisUll Live at The New Adelphi, Hull
By Benny Jenner, Life Burns Records Photographs by ChrisW Photography
Half past eight on a Friday night, I'm stuck in Hull and I'm here at the new Adelphi club,
a place I haven't been to in over eight months. Not due to my own fault I just haven't had
the urge to check out many bands who play there, but tonight is different. I've been asked
by thisisUll.com to come down and review three bands who played tonight.