Festival Darkend – Part 2

By on 31 January 2012

Dyonisis opened the event with a set consisting of many favourites spanning their discography as well as the recent charity compilation album they have been heavily involved with. As you’d expect from a band of their calibre, their performance was tight, calculated and executed with all their usual precision. Nel’s vocals carried well in the intimate sized band area, supported by Louise’s unmistakeable backing harmonies. Always a pleasure to watch them perform, and this was no exception, providing a great opening set for the festival and a fine introduction to those who are new to their music.

Lupine were on next, and ready to face their critics full on. Recent reviews have painted a less than colourful image of what Lupine are about, so here is the opportunity to step it up, silencing their critics once and for all, and step it up they do with a blistering set of songs from their latest album, ‘The Deadly Hollows’ mixed with some earlier classics like the unmissable ‘Memories’ from the Assertive Discipline EP. Amid the smoke engulfing both stage and audience, Lemmy’s on stage presence was determined and yet at times fun-filled, as the band belted out song after song in a display that saw a defined focus on their music without the necessity for shirt-ripping theatrics or comedy faux pas’ pulling things down. Sadly, this is to be the last performance of the band’s sax player, Hannah, who is leaving to concentrate on other musical projects, one of which involves taking up the drumsticks for Trev Bamford’s new band which he tells us about in the next interview.

By DJ Armand

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