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
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.
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: