The Albion Xmas Spectacular @ Sugarmill

Christmas gigs at the Sugarmill are always something special, and tonight was no exception as some of Stoke’s finest indie rock bands took to the stage to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

First was The Hinds who performed a nice set to ease everyone into the night. They seemed thoroughly comfortable on the stage which in turn meant they set a vibrant vibe for the night to come. Their experience shone through with excellent execution, and it was a shame the crowd didn’t seize the opportunity to get more involved as they truly did belt out some terrific tracks.

Next up was Bonsai who managed to infuse an impulse of energy into the night with that classic indie sound that everybody loves. For me they are a prime example of what indie rock music is about, which is simply getting up there, doing what they love and producing something great. The atmosphere that accompanied their set was full of excitement and their playing too was pretty top notch. I’m looking forward to what else is to come from these lads as they definitely showed potential and gave everyone a taste of what they are capable of.

Headliners The Albion were quick to impress with their set, with a well balanced mixture of some original tracks but also some spectacular indie covers, including Courteeners No You Didn’t, No You Don’t and Arctic Monkeys Still Take You Home. This really got the crowd into the spirit which in turn meant a fabulous reaction to their own songs, which were quite impressive. It was clear they had already established a loyal fan base with just one glance at the crowd, and the room was electric as no one held back. They ended their set with a personal favourite Arctic Monkeys track of mine A Certain Romance, which paired with a snow machine left the crowd ecstatic and wanting more. They definitely left a lasting impression on the stage; watch out for these lads in 2015!

The evening overall was fun, fierce and feel-good. Everyone appeared to have had an outstanding time, and who can blame them? It was clear from the start that with these 3 talented bands the result was only going to be a good one.

Alisha

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