X&Y Festival // Liverpool // 07.07.13.
I’ve pretty much moved in to the East Village Arts Club since it recently reopened its doors catching both its opening weekend shows and a fair few gigs since, so I was pretty excited to see it named as the host for day two of the city’s X&Y Festival. Headlined by local band The Thespians I headed down to catch up with the band and see what else the festival had to offer
Whilst X&Y Festival had some serious talent on show it was Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun who were the first of the night to really catch my eye the fact they played the BBC Introducing Stage at T In The Park a week later makes me feel extremely privileged to have been given the chance to watch them in such an intimate venue definitely one to remember and definitely a band you need to hear. I wasn’t familiar with the band or their sound beforehand, but they definitely left me wanting more luckily for me I don’t have to wait too long as they make a welcomed return in September as part of their UK tour see you there lads. In the meantime check out their performance at TITP right here http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/egfrbp/stages/s5qwrz#p01cr9jr
Next up for contender of band of the night were Young Kato a band whose name I’d been familiar with for some time, but one for some reason I’d never quite got around to checking out properly. Lesson learned I won’t be making that mistake again! Good band? Hell yeah absolutely cracking I’ve since downloaded all their music and am now on the hunt to see where and when I can catch then live again and I suggest you do the same. They’ve really got some great tracks Lights and Drink, Dance, Play already firm favourites and they certainly know how to deliver them not only do they play great music, but there’s a really cool vibe surrounding the band. The crowd may have been small, but they were certainly captivated by Young Kato. Their half an hour set passed by pretty quickly and despite only really knowing a few of their songs I could have quite happily watched them play on for much longer definitely a sign of a great live band. Young Kato you’ve got yourselves a new fan.
Closing the festival were Liverpool’s very own The Thespians, a band I discovered by accident earlier in the year and have been lucky enough to watch a couple of times since. Currently enjoying great success in Japan with the release of debut album Haven’t You Heard? the band quickly demonstrated exactly why they were the festival’s chosen headliners. Kicking of an explosive set with Under Siege followed by their soon to be next single Adored it was clear the majority of the crowd had ventured in to town primarily to catch their show and they weren’t disappointed. Reason To Reason and So So played back to back has to be my personal highlight I love these tracks and hearing them played live reinforces this sentiment more and more each time. Whilst “it’s not every day you headline a festival” The Thespians certainly look at home in doing so aptly finishing their set with track At Our Best I doubt it will be too long before they become firm festival favourites. If you want to see what all the fuss is about head over to http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the-thespians-uk-tour where you can pledge for The Thespians to play in your city. Go on you know you want to!!