XII Festival 2019 (Day One)
Bands: The Quireboys, The King Lot, Witch Tripper, The Howling Tides, Snakewater
Venue: Longfield Suite, Prestwich, ManchesterDate: 12 July 2019
the Summer almost upon us, this could mean only one
thing. We are heading out to the Longfield Suite in
Prestwich, Manchester for the best three-day festival on the
UK Rock Calendar. I am of course talking about the
legendary S.O.S. Festival.
in its twelfth year and hailing our own eleventh visit this
festival is quite unique, as it's an all-ages festival,
which actually does mean all ages. That includes all
ages from the aging rockers like myself to the new young
rock fans coming up through the ranks, from the cradle to
the grave S.O.S. festival welcomes one and all.
a total of 25 bands on the main stage (The Dean Hocking
Stage) and 10 bands on the acoustic second stage (The Wizz
Beauprez Stage) all for a £20, that's right, a mere 20 quid
for three days of some of the finest rock and metal bands
around, that works out at less than 60p per band!
How's that for an inflation busting bargain!
weekend got off to a great start with Manchester Blues
Rockers Snakewater. The trio of Bobby Grant
(vocals and guitar), Michael Bromley (bass) and James Sydney
Shackley (drums) hit the stage running with a set of great
bluesy rock, which featured tracks from their recent album 'Ainít
No More Room In Hell' with songs like 'Girl Like You', 'Dark
Side of the Blues' and 'Girl With the Red Dress On', whilst
also rolling back the years with 'Same Mistake'. The boys
really kicked off the weekend started in style.
up it was The Howling Tides from Uttoxeter, as Rob
Baynes, Hayden Kirk, Luke Lawley and Steven Herbert brought
an altogether harder hitting set than openers Snakewater,
with their mix of groove infused hard rock.
bands heavier sound really rocked the Civic Hall as they
brought the heat with the likes of 'Running Blind', the
excellent heavy blues of 'Cheap Painkiller', the stunning
all out rocker 'Crack My Soul' and the riff laden 'He Told
Me'. In fact I was so impressed with these guys that immediately
after their set finished, I promptly dispatched the wife to
go and grab a copy of their EP. Definitely one of the
bands of the weekend for us and one we shall be keeping a
close eye on to see how they progress.
the thunderous Staffs is was up to Witch Tripper to
follow and it looked like they had more than a few fans in
the crowd. The Mansfield power trio took the whole
heaviness to the next level, as Richie Barlow, Gary-Eric
Evans and Chris Stoff took no prisoners with their powerful
Stoner driven set. To be honest not my favourite genre, but
the crowd obviously got down with the groove. Standout
tracks from their set for me were 'White Lines' and bass
ridden 'Roll the Dice'.
my favourite band of the weekend, but that's what S.O.S.
Festival is all about, bringing together a wide variety of
bands from different genres on to one bill and not sticking
to any particular genre. This is what makes this
festival so great, because there really is something for
was a change of pace once again, this time from Scotlandís
Melodic Hard rockers The King Lot. The trio of
Jason Sweeney (Vocals, Bass), Chris Gillon (Drums, Vocals)
and Jay Moir (Guitar, Vocals) delivered one of the sets of
the weekend, which is quite ironic as the lads have decided
to take an extended hiatus from the scene after this
yearís run of gigs.
band really showed what they are made of with tracks like
'All I Want', 'Damaged Girl', the album title track 'A World
Without Evil' and the groove filled rocker 'Save Me'. The
band's debut album was given a rockier edge with 'One of
before the lads rounded off their set with their
current single 'Hearts on Fire'. All in all, a great
rounded rock n' roll set that really got the juices flowing
in anticipation for the headliners.
what can be said about the headliners The Quireboys
that hasnít been said before. Itís been a while
since I last saw Spike and the boys in action and I was a
bit apprehensive to say the least, as to whether would they
live up to all my expectations.
to be quite honest, they rocked the house. This was as Spike
stated ďProper English Rock n' RollĒ
up the set with 'I Love This Dirty Town', instantly Spike
had the crowd in the palm of his hands. The set
continued its blues honky-tonk vibe with 'Misled', before a
veritable crowd favourite 'There She Goes Again' had the SOS
choir (or should they be called S.O.S. Quire?) merrily
over was to the bands new album 'Amazing Disgrace', for the
funk filled 'Seven Deadly Sins'. I donít care what
is said about Spike the guys, there is no disputing they can
still write a great song and this is corker. A quick
mention that the album was available on old school vinyl,
(not the last plug by the way), and they continued their
honky-tonky blues with the wonderful 'Mona Lisa
Smiled'. 'Hello' quickly followed this.
it was back to the new album once more for 'Eve of the
Summertime'. Iíve said it once and Iíll say it
again, Spike and the boys can sure can write a great song
and this is one of the best from the new album and live it
was just superb.
what Quireboys set wouldnít be complete without the
classics and they came thick and fast with the likes of 'Hey
You', 'This is Rock n' Roll', 'Sweet Mary Jane' and '7
oíclock', all getting the S.O.S. Quire in full sing-a-long
band left the stage to riotous applause before returning to
put the icing on the cake to Day 1 of this year's S.O.S.
Festival with 'I Donít Love You Anymore', before adding
the musical cherry on the top with what else than 'Sex
Party'. This wrapped up Day 1 in fine style and what a
day it had been. We'd seen so many great bands and
this was only the start of the weekend. After all this
I couldnít wait to see what Day 2 would have to offer.
Review by: Barry McMinn, Photo's by: Little Linda
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