The Station was kicked into life with first performance of the night from the fabulous Kikamora. This was my first time seeing them, and they certainly lived up to expectations and then some. I was lucky enough to catch them for a quick photo before the gig. Kikamora are a 5 piece Hard Rock band from the southwest of the UK. Jimi Bessant on lead guitar, Wilf Kite on vocals, Daniel Marshall on rhythm guitar, Rob Ives on Bass and Andy Page on drums. Andy is the newest member of the band, having only done two shows with Kikamora, but as you will clearly see from the video footage, he has nailed both shows, and is a natural fit to the band.
The performance overall was energetic, and the tracks played were excellent choices for the night. Although the lighting in the station, is as always, lacking when it comes to photos and videos, the feel of the band comes across well on the footage I caught. Please take a look, and if you like what you see from Kikamora, why not head over to their facebook page to give it a like/follow, or twitter if you prefer. Click here to visit their website.
Next up were the mighty Theia, a band that has a firm place in my heart. As always, a strong performance, with frontman Kyle Lamley pleasing the crowd, encouraging people to participate, not to mention performing the signature songs, Whoop de fuckin do, and Ride On.
It seemed that their set was a little short compared to the other bands, but where Theia are concerned, quality is much more important than quantity. Paul Edwards was more engaging with the audience which certainly went down well, and not to forget the powerful performance from Jake Dalton who was on fire for this gig. Even from the back of stage, he engaged well with fans and got everyone singing and joining in. These guys just continue to get stronger and stronger each time I see them, their fan base must be quite substantial by now too.
Again, I have caught some pretty good footage, which I’m sure you will enjoy.
A band called Piston followed, another strong band, and again one that I’ve never seen before, and thoroughly enjoyed. This 5 piece band certainly put on a great show, and I would be keen to see them perform live again. Rob Angelico, Jack Edwards, Luke Allatt, Brad Newlands and Stuart Egan were on form throughout their performance.
Sadly I didn’t get any photos for this band, which I will speak about later in the review, but I did get video footage. Please enjoy these guys, and if you like them why not give their facebook or twitter page a like/follow.
The time came for the headline act, Bigfoot to take the stage. I had been looking forward to this for some time, as I had been given the opportunity by Midlands Metalheads Radio, to review the album pre-release, and had thoroughly enjoyed it. If you would like to read my review I have my own page on their website, please click here.
Unfortunately due to an issue I will speak about later, my evening was cut short, and the opportunity for photos/videos was forfeited.
Bigfoot are a 5 piece hard rock band from Wigan, which was formed in 2014. They consist of Antony Ellis (vocals), dual lead guitars from Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, Matt Avery (bass) and Tom Aspinall (drums).The band are currently celebrating the release of their debut self titled album with Frontiers Records. If you would like to know more, you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
A high voltage start to their set was enjoyed by all, and I’m sure that the songs that followed would have been top quality too. Below is the only footage I got of the performance, which lucky for me includes one of my favourite songs of the album.
So I just want to quickly cover what happened to cut my night out short.
It seemed that the majority of fans of certain bands were competing for pole position at the front of stage, and for some reason, two ‘ladies’ (believe me I use that term very loosely indeed) decided to constantly barge, verbally abuse, and try to intimidate me throughout the night, in the hope that I would move out of their way.
I did make the security staff aware of the situation quite early on in the evening, however, nothing seemed to get done. Sadly, their behaviour escalated throughout the course of the evening, which is why eventually, I decided that I should leave rather than be caught up in anything more serious.
I would like to say that we are all music lovers, and we all like to get a good position, in order to see the bands we support, however, the majority of us do not resort to this immature and unacceptable behaviour. It saddens me that these people have to let the side down. The message I would like to give is…..IF YOU WANT TO BE AT THE FRONT, GET THERE EARLY! It’s quite simple really isn’t it?
Anyway, I’m not going to let them use up any more of my time.
I would however, like to apologise to Piston and Bigfoot for the lack of material, and if ever I should be able to meet up with these guys in the future, I will endeavour to put things right.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
All photos on this feature are courtesy of Dave Briggs. You can follow him on facebook here.