Sunday, 20 May 2012

Keep it Live - YMC Saturday Diary

There are so many gigs Saturday night that it’s hard to make a choice and you often want to clone yourself to go to more.

I headed in to Leeds to see a new band’s first gig, which was part of the Grain Division night at Carpe Diem. I got there in time for the first band on called Tuesday Lates from Doncaster., a four piece indie rock band with a good set of catchy tunes.

Screamin' Sisters, photo by Grain Division
At the end of this set I nip next door to Escobar see Subject Citizen (Danny Egan) a singer/songwriter from Leeds.  So glad I didn’t miss this, Danny is a great performer, with excellent songs, and some amusing banter between songs.

Set finished, I rush back next door to catch the last couple of songs by Euthemia, young rock band from Leeds who is one of the finalists at the Centre Stage competition. 

Next is the band I came to see, its Screamin’ Sisters debut gig. It’s funny going to see a band when you have absolutely no idea what they sound like. Even though none of them are strangers to the stage as they have all played in other bands, this is an excellent first gig together and a great hard hitting rock set, love it!

Next I hop on the train to Bradford to see The Smiths Ltd at Utopia. Utopia is a new live venue in Bradford, it was previously a night club and is now just beginning to shake of that reputation and start getting known as a good live music place. It’s a fantastic venue, a good high stage, good sound for the crowd and the bands with a big lighting rig as well.  It has capacity up to 700 as well, in the coming months New Model Army will be performing here and Scars on 45 will be doing a special homecoming show.  First point of call is the bar of course and I’m pleasantly surprised how reasonable the prices are!

The Smiths Ltd
Tonight the headliners are the tribute band The Smiths Ltd. The venue is busy and the band comes on stage. The band are self confessed Smiths nuts who have taken great pains to reproduce the Smiths on stage, using the same equipment as the Smiths used on their last tour. The singer has a very strong resemblance to Morrissey and sounds incredibly like him too. The venue is full of unconditional fans as well who are singing along to all the songs. It’s a great atmosphere and the band does a very complete set with all the Smiths classics.

Fun night, I’ll be back for more next week when Redwire launch their single with support from The Sailmakers and Sharp Darts.

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