REVIEW – Riot Anyone? Music Festival

A three-night series of gigs, Riot Anyone? saw over a dozen bands play at Maggies Chambers from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th September.

We missed the first of these, but went along to the Saturday & Sunday dates to see how the rioting was going.

Report and photos by Angela Bonner

Saturday

Raff from The OK Social Club

Raff from The OK Social Club


Chris and Raff from the OK Social Club got things off to a great start with an acoustic set. With music as tight as their jeans, they had an up-for-it audience behind them from the start, with one of the biggest receptions being for their cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’.

With their beards, checked shirts and country-tinged rock, Stormy Seas could have stepped straight from the soundtrack of Oh Brother, Where Art Thou. Their Granddaddy style sound continued the good atmosphere – and whilst no-one was rioting yet, everyone was certainly having a great time.

Dupec were up next, and felt a little like the filler of the evening, their rocky sound suffering a little from timing issues on the night.

Next up were Cancel The Astronauts, who turned things up a gear with their ska-infused energy and spiky pop, getting the audience back dancing as the night wore on.

The Stagger Rats brought thing to a close with their fun-filled set – the crowd were lapping up their skiffle-based rock and everyone was having a blast.

Sunday

White Heath

White Heath


If Saturday was summed up by being packed, sweaty and good fun, Sunday was a little bit quieter – and a bit less well attended too, maybe due to a couple of last-minute call-offs and cancellations.

Chris Smith opened things up with his mellow acoustic soul; Sebastian Dangerfield followed with a mainstream britpop-style set.

New on the scene outfit Crow Road were next, and impressed with a tight, fun and lively set, with some impressive tunes thrown into the mix.

Sunday night headliners White Heath stole the show though – their unique mix of violin, trombone, effects-drenched keys and powerful vocals was outstanding and a really great end to what proved to be an impressive and enjoyable festival from Rolling Riot Promotions. We hope to see more of this kind of thing happening soon – and certainly saw two or three bands that we’ll be looking out for with interest from now on.


Some more photos from the festival – all by Angela Bonner – check out her website for more info:

The OK Social Club

The OK Social Club

Stormy Seas

Stormy Seas

Dupec

Dupec

Cancel The Astronauts

Cancel The Astronauts

The Stagger Rats

The Stagger Rats

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Sebastian Dangerfield

Sebastian Dangerfield

Crow Road

Crow Road

White Heath

White Heath

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