Walking into the venue, you could feel the energy this sold out gig was going to produce.
First up, Syd Arthur, named after late legends Syd Barrett and Arthur Lee, and hailing from Canterbury, famed for psychedelic rock music. This four-piece, featuring the Magill brothers, Liam, Joel and Josh, plus Kate Bush’s nephew Raven on keyboards and guitar – don’t just draw upon the prog, but also weave in elements of jazz, folk, psych and a more straightforward indie rock streak to create a warm, familiar soulful and accessible sound. Highlight played were ‘Monsters’ and the summery hit ‘No Peace’.
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The Shins have remained a firm favourite on the indie scene for 16 years with 5 albums across those years. Front man Mercer was joined by all new face in the band to hit us with catchy melodies.
New record ‘Heartworms‘ was played, but Mercer did not use this event as a way to showcase all new material, as often long standing bands do.
We all came to a stand still to experience the relaxed ‘New Slang’, everyone quietly singing along.