Well, after making my way to The Maze in Nottingham during a very warm summers’ day I managed to cool off a bit, after all, I had travelled to see three bands play tonight. Lippstick, a band that were emerging onto the local music scene, in a big way. They’re one of a number of bands waiting to hit the big-time and when you see them perform you’ll see why they’re not far off. Think theatrics meets horror-flicks in terms of band-image. They performed a mixture of both original material as well as a cover Don’t Cha and Sexy Back, re-mastered for a more rock tasting sound. One super fan in the audience got to sing with the lead singer and some point during their set things got interesting when they did another song about hookers. The crowd seemed to like Lippstick. Now I’d seen Parasite before and they just seem to get better every time I hear them perform, though a technical glitch did cause a small problem but other than that it was business as usual. They did attempt a Paradise City cover which actually went down quite well in all fairness. Straight over from Barcelona, Stop-Stop really brought the house down and got the crowds, including myself, towards the edge of the crowd stage. Think Bon Jovi meets Guns & Roses with a bit of Kiss and that’s the best way to sum up these guys. They did a combination of their own material which included a song called Billy No-Mates, which was dedicated to a member of the audience of the same name. They even did one dedicated the front-man’s mum and another to Facebook called Spit It Out. Weird story behind that one. Queen’s song Fat Bottomed Girls got the cover treatment and it true rock fashion a lot of man-flesh was on display. Overall it was a great night.
A review I wrote for the Christmas All Dayer festival for the Nottingham Post, courtesy of IKE Promotions. Wolves Don’t Sleep, Carcer City and The Parallax Method were some of the bands that appeared on the day. Have a read and enjoy.
A small interview I did with Wolves Don’t Sleep for the Nottingham Post in the run up to the Christmas All Dayer on the 17/12/2016. For the full interview go to the Published Pieces page
Photo by Caitlin Staley
The Maze played host to the official Meat Fest 15 and there was a days’ worth of music and meat to go around, and all under one roof. A lot of fresh new talent and definitely worth the entry ticket alone.
Numerous artists from both Nottingham and surrounding areas performed in every corner of the venue, and with much BBQ and new music on offer, there wasn’t too much to complain about. Playing upstairs were Harrison Rimmer and Issac Bloomfield who gave an intimate gig to small crowds of people, some of whom were lucky enough to grab a space of the sofa amidst a slightly smoky room. Brotherly duo of two names We Are Kin/The Davies Brothers and Adam Zareba put on performances in the acoustic corner put on amazing sets. Zarebra managed to pull off a trick with the infamous ‘Friends’ theme tune and made an entire room clap. The two amazing female solo artists Laura Allison and Lauren April gave off flawless performances.
Remaining downstairs Same Streets, Creatin’ Havoc, Billy Reynolds and Green Hill Zone kept the atmosphere going and everyone rocking with both rock and bass, the smell of sweat, adrenaline was in the air and there was buckets of energy going around. It was official headliners of the night Our Saving Day who helped finish the night and showed people how to rock the Nottingham way.
New upcoming band An Empire Will Fall released their album and showcased some impressive material at The Maze, with support from four other bands, and it was definitely a good night out. There was a lot of amazing, fresh new artists on tonight has each of them had their own fresh, full-on energetic sound. It was a great night to see new guitarists, drummer and singers live in front of venue, and after listening to all five bands play Nottingham once again proves it’s a hotspot for the freshest music. An amazing atmosphere of excitement was felt by all as Great White, We are Tyrants, Famous for Nothing got into party spirit and Empire got in on the moshing action with the crowd and you definitely smell both the sweat and adrenaline. One of the highlights, apart from seeing a whole room of people get excited for five new bands was the lead singer of Left with Regret passing the mic round and getting into one-to-one sing-a-longs with the crowd. Definitely a great night for new the undiscovered bands of Nottingham.
Words and photos by Adam J.Humphreys
Further photos from the night