The Avenue’s very own Adam Atkinson ventured on stage without his compatriots in front of a bustling Full Moon. With a mix up concerning a holiday, Adam chose not to let down The Full Moon or the crowd and performed a solo set armed with nothing but his trusty guitar. No doubt, being used to playing within the atmospheric conditions of a full band, it must have been a hard task sitting on stage alone and confronting a crowd in such high spirits, but all hats off to Adam Atkinson who gave a gusty performance full of sound covers which are no doubt of inspiration for the band on a whole.
New comers The Disclosure Project open with an instrumental piece, with guitarist and bass player both keeping their backs purposefully to the crowd. They then race into their first full song, which is electric and full of passion. This really doesn’t look or sound like the bands first gig; it comes across very much like they’ve been gigging as The Disclosure Project for 6 years not the actual 6 weeks they’ve been together. They bounce their way through the set, playing Hype Chart song Fuss, which is again full of energy, and structured with a mature tightness too well formed for the bands age.
Lost In Soho is a quality tune, not unlike the music you might have expected to hear from former Libertines bassist John Hassell in his band Yeti. The guitar play is intricate from this talented front man Mark Bailey, who is clearly the main man of the band, providing good lyrics on catchy melodies as well as lead and rhythm guitar. Marks guitar work also works alongside the bass and drum cleverly, with the bass and drum combining well to create interesting bridges and breakdowns in each song. A very exciting debut for The Disclosure Project, the band closes the set with Them Were The Days which completes a great first appearance on the local scene. This band will not be playing support slots for too long.
Headliners Kadence have an energetic sound when they first come on stage, without a doubt, and though the band try to add depth to their sound with backing vocals, work on hitting harmonies could see that depth found with extra effect. After the second song, Kadence have a technical problem with a guitar, but the band cover it up very well by slipping into a quick instrumental which keeps most of the crowd unaware that there is even a problem. The band power on through a set which see’s the buzzing crowd dancing around on the dance floor and very much entertained. Kadence do have a sound which they have clearly worked hard on to stylise and make their own, with songs such as On The Run finding people in the crowd singing along. There is a sound to the set of Kadence which reminds me of an American dad-rock style of music, a style which see the band go far, but could also see them go the other way.