Rated 5 out of
SOTN END OF YEAR BLOWOUT REVIEW
I had bought my tickets way back in October for this event, so to say I was excited was short of an understatement. Me, and my group of the friends I attended with (8 in total) were the first in line at the doors, the staff at the Ritz were lovely, we got took down to the cloakroom where we were allowed free entry of our bags and coats etc. The basement stage was small, but the room looked lovely, a friend of mine stayed down there for a couple of sets and said that everyone was so energetic and enthusiastic on stage. On the upper floor in the main room was great.
The first band to take the stage was Cavana, a band I had seen a few months back play at Band On The Wall for a free vibes gig. It was great to see them on a bigger stage with a good crowd of people enjoying their music. The frontman stayed in the same position most of the set, but the guitarist was full of energy, even jumping down and playing his guitar across the barrier, getting the crowd excited. The set was full of energy and me and my friends enjoyed the set start to finish, although it was only a short set time.
The second band on the main stage was Plastic House, it was heartwarming to myself and frontman to hear people sing back the lyrics, word for word. I had liked this band for a few months now, and seeing them gigging live was a real opportunity for me. Frontman Oliver was very interactive with the crowd, and even got every person in the room to sing to a classic Christmas song before their set ended. They also sand their latest release ‘Say You Love Me’ which was fantastic to hear. Their set was one of my favourites from the night.
Glass Caves, the third band to hit the Main Stage at the End Of Year Blowout truly blew me away. Their energy on stage and off stage at the merch stand was absolutely thrilling. Their set from start to finish was flawless, the song that was my favourite was ‘Alive’.
The last band I stuck around to see was Larkins 21:30 set, one of the headlining acts. Larkins have been titled ‘Manchester’s next big Arena act.’ in the M.E.N and they really proved themselves on stage that night. The set was so enthusiastic, interacting with the crowd in between songs along with announcing their biggest headline act to date in April 2018 with tickets on sale along with other items from their merchandise selection which got the crowd hyped. The best songs from their set had to be ‘Hit & Run’ which is one of their earliest songs, and an unreleased song ‘Blind’ which is looking to be released before their first 2018 tour in April. Also ‘Velvet’ which was either the second to, or last song. Each song was performed to perfection, from vocals, to guitar, bass and drums in their four piece band. Front-man Josh was really interactive with every member of the band throughout the set which scored them some fantastic shots from the photographers and also the crowd. Larkins are really a band to watch out for in the years to come.
Between sets their was also a DJ set, Crimsons, that played old school club classics to new indie-pop tunes, interacting with the crowd only a small amount, it was still a good set that made the intermissions between sets really fun.
My hat goes of to Scruff Of The Neck for this fantastic night, that really did make 2017 that little bit better. I look forward to what they bring us in the new year.
Date published: 2017-12-24