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REVIEW: 2Q Festival 28/10/17

A few weeks ago, Lincoln played host to over 80 acts from across the country in various venues across the city. From the Angel Coffee House to the Engine Shed, a variety of acts catered to all ages and music tastes providing a day well worth the £25. With acts like Busty and the Bass, Clean Cut Kid, The Himalayas and headliners Peace and Circa Waves, the inner-city festival brought new people to the city to explore and find new pubs, bars and cafes. Places even I had not visited before even after living there my whole life.

Hard work, ambition and community spirit gave Lincoln exactly what it needed and put it on the map as a new and exciting place for music.

Throughout the day, I ensured I ticked off everyone on my list – Trash, Jaws, Peace, Clean Cut Kid etc. However, I spent the rest of the day dipping in and out of different locations to catch different live acts, one I especially enjoyed was The Himalayas whose music I hadn’t listened to before. Additionally, I also managed to catch some of The Sherlocks, a band I hadn’t really listened to before.

The crowds, at every act I went to were enthused and really into the music; the variety of ages showed that this was definitely a community event bringing many people together. The demand to see Peace, who were rumoured to be playing 1998 for the final time, was enormous. The venue (a night club called “Home”) couldn’t fit everyone in and thus, a one in one out system came into place. Of course, this left many fans disappointed and perhaps more so as acts such as Eliza and the Bear, Circa Waves and Tom Grennan were playing at the same time. Similarly, Jaws and Superfood, two similar bands, also clashed making it hard to decide who to go to see (I chose Jaws!). Regardless of this, the day was amazing and as a Yellowbelly myself I felt so proud that my city could play host to such an event. Especially as for many gigs I have to travel around 2 hours to Nottingham, it was great to see so many bigger acts playing.

I really hope that next year will be even more of a success. To see the city grow and the festival too would make it even more amazing. As an inner city festival, it was clear to see the sheer brilliance of community spirit and behind the scenes hard work all come together.

Disclaimer: Feature image courtesy of 2Q Festival

LIVE REVIEW: Blossoms – 20/03/17 – Engine Shed

 

Last Monday (20/3/17) I was lucky enough to see Blossoms play my local venue, the Engine Shed in Lincoln. As a missed out venue by many bands I listen to (except The Kooks in 2015 and The Courteeners in 2013), it was great to see Blossoms play there and not surprisingly it sold out very quick.

Rory Wynne entered the stage as the first of two supports and began to build the excitement the night held. Playing his most popular songs, the crowd really seemed to be getting into the spirit of live music. Next on were new-to-the-scene Cabbage who really put on a show. Their set really got the crowd anticipating the main act playing songs like Dinner Lady, Terrorist Synthesizer and finishing with Kevin. Dominating the stage and whipping off their t shirts really brought something that Lincoln had never seen before.

Finally, it was time for Blossoms to take the stage opening with At Most A Kiss. The crowd really got into it, especially as Lincoln rarely see’s anything like this. The set was amazing and even the B-Sides – especially Madeline – received an amazing response. The atmosphere was slowed down when Tom Ogden brought out the acoustic guitar and played My Favourite Room, to which nearly every single person joined in – especially when the mix of Half The World Away and You’re Gorgeous was added. The night concluded with Charlemagne, the bands most well known song, which had the crowd belting it out.

After seeing Blossoms twice last year – once being at Y Not Festival – this definitely was the best and seeing the band grow to play a sold out venue made me feel extremely proud. The band will be supporting The Courteeners with Cabbage and The Charlatans in May and seeing them last Monday in my homecity only made me excited to see them again supporting one of my favourite bands.