Tonight, OniX Music hosted their very first gig as a new music management, booking and production agency (providing promotions, merchandising, tour bookings and financial management – basically anything you need as an up-and-coming artist) with the aim of supporting alternative music from the North East.
So, they couldn’t have chosen a more alternative band to kick the night off than The Pastures. A four-piece hailing from Sunderland, their blend of punk and folk-rock doesn’t go together on paper but it just undeniably does with these guys. They remind me of Drop Kick Murphys, but with more signing and vocal harmonies, and every song they played made you want to do an Irish jig. Their band mascot, ‘Plant Pot Face’, also brought some humour to their set and got the audience involved right from the off.
Next to take the stage was local band, Twist Helix, who had literally come straight from the airport after playing Dcode Festival in Madrid. Although they must have been cream crackered from their flight, these three certainly didn’t show it in their set. The band is fronted by vocalist/keyboard player, Bea Cisneros, who gave it her all throughout their set of rock-electronica. The way the band makes use of special effects on vocals and keys is impressive and brings a futuristic feel to their music.
After a short interlude, and switching things up tonight, was a headline acoustic set from Phase – an otherwise very electric band (due to injury and other members being called by the Greek Army last minute the particular line-up did well to put a set together at all tonight)
Instead of their usual line-up of keys, cello, bass and drums they treated the audience to a performance with an acoustic guitar accompanied by an electric guitar and drums, letting fans see the actual skill this band has – and that’s a lot. I left feeling extremely impressed with the amount of talent coming out of the North East at the moment.