Twisterella really is one of my highlights of the year as there’s just something so satisfying about witnessing hundreds of people coming together to celebrate the North East’s musical talent (and national, up and coming artists) right on my (almost) doorstep.
This year, Twisterella sold out days in advance and it was obvious as to why. Venues were packed out and the entire Teesside Uni area was buzzing all day, especially the SU, which had a one-in one-out policy during Boy Azooga’s set at just 2PM.
Of course, it wasn’t possible to see every band over the course of the day but I managed to catch sets from Lhymes, Llovers, SPINN, Cape Cub and Avalanche Party. I would have loved to have seen more acts but I simply couldn’t due to clashes or venues being full. I attempted to make my way into TS:One to see local artist Dylan Cartlidge, but by the time I arrived the venue was full, with people pouring out of the door and into the doorways trying to catch a glimpse of the set.
Opening my day at The Townhouse, Lhymes played an awe-inspiring set. Playing a repertoire of singles, Ben Connor’s vocals were outstanding from the first note to the last. Despite the fact that they were one of the first acts on of the day, the venue filled up quite nicely too.
Only recently selling out a headline show at The Westgarth, Llovers were superb today too. Jack Brooks’ and David Macnab’s vocals were outstanding, and the venue (the SU) was full to the brim with fans singing back their choruses and dancing along throughout.
Teesside outfit Cape Cub were equally as intriguing to watch. Every time I see them they throw me into a state of awe just that little bit more. ‘Come Around’ was a highlight for me, but the entire set was simply heartfelt and inspiring – just what you’d expect from a Cape Cub gig.
Rounding off the night with Avalanche Party’s set, The Westgarth was packed and the atmosphere was ecstatic. Avalanche Party gigs are always utter madness, but Avalanche Party’s North East gigs are just that bit extra wild. Crowd surfing and pits played a major part in their set, with fans going all out for favourites such as ‘I’m So Wet’ and ‘Solid Gold’.
What a day! I’m so lucky to have been able to witness some of the best artists the North East has to offer. Roll on next year I say.