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Bury Songwriters Competition 2019 Final preview

This Friday (3rd May), The Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds hosts the final of this year’s Bury Songwriters Competition. 

The competition this year has seen some very talented acts come through what have been evenly-contested heats, meaning this year’s final is an event not to be missed!

This year’s final features local favourites Josie Bryan, Kelodown vocalist Aleks Michalewicz and last year’s third placed act Shadley Harris. Whilst rising stars Leon O’Leary and The Broccoli King will be looking to pull out all the stops to win the competition.

Whilst the judges will be deciding who the Top Three and overall winner is, the audience will be treated to a live performance from last year’s runner up Phoebe Austin who has recently been signed to a record deal.

Tickets on the door are only £6 and the first act will be on at 7pm. Come down and support one of the last events of this year’s Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival.

Set times for the final are as follows:

7:00            ANNA CARTER
7:20            CHRISTOPHER JAMES
7:45           ALEKS MICHALEWICZ

8:10            JOSEPHINE BRYAN
8:35            LEON O’LEARY
9:00            BROCCOLI KING
9:30            SELINA HAWKER
9:55            SHADLEY HARRIS
10:15          MATT REACTION
10:40          EXPLOITS

11:10          PHOEBE AUSTIN 

For more information, head to http://www.buryfringe.co.uk

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Bury Fringe Festival All-Dayer 2019: Rock Against Racism Stage preview

This Saturday (4th May) is the annual All-Dayer of live music as part of the Bury Fringe Festival, and this year we’ve been honoured to co-run the Rock Against Racism Stage alongside our good friends at Toonteen Industries. We’ve selected some awesome acts to play this stage and here are the set-times and a little preview as to what you can expect from the acts from 2pm on Saturday:

2pm – Jess Kemp
3pm – Matt Hammond
4pm – Kim Jarvis & The BloodSuckers
5pm – A.N.G
6pm – Too Cool Kid
7pm – Vincent Vain
7:45pm – Influx of Insanity
8:30pm – Amethysts
9-15pm – ShaoDow

Jess Kemp opens the Rock Against Racism stage with her inimitable feminist-inspired poetry and spoken word. Jess is a well-known figure around the town having previously run a spoken-word night at Oakes Barn as well as having been championed by Radio1Xtra.

Having performed here last year, we were more than happy to welcome Matt Hammond back for another wonderful set. The ‘percussive guitarist’ released his latest single Skylines last year to much local acclaim so expect to hear that amongst his beautifully performed set of songs.

After headlining the festival last year with his band Gaffa Tape Sandy, frontman Kim Jarvis has decided to go it alone this year with his backing band The Bloodsuckers to perform some of his soon-to-be released solo material which EVERYONE is looking forward to hear.

A.N.G brings a different kind of performance to the RAR Stage with her influential grime and rap sound, which has made her a standout name in the ever-growing Suffolk rap scene. You may also recognise her from the BBC Introducing Suffolk team!

Following on from that, we’ve got the hotly-tipped trio Too Cool Kid who have recently wowed crowds at the Cambridge Band Competition. Their The Candidate EP is easily one of the best we’ve heard this year (expect a feature on that out very soon) having been inspired by the likes of Radiohead and The Strokes.

Alternative-rock duo Vincent Vain are another act to make their Bury St Edmunds debut on the night and they are well worth the watch. They’ve recently been teasing the release of their new music, and if their latest EP and recent live performances are anything to go by, we could be in for a real treat.

The awesome progressive-rockers Influx of Insanity are crowd favourites in Bury St Edmunds having won BurySOUND back in 2018. Since then the duo have gone from strength to strength having released an astonishing self-titled EP and have perfected their has-to-been live set. Expect awesomeness on Saturday.

Co-headliners Amethysts are one of the most recognisable acts from this region and their set on Saturday is going to be a real treat having previously played at Latitude Festival and several sold-out London shows. The electronic duo have also recently been championed by DIY Magazine and Radio 6Music.

Headlining the Rock Against Racism Stage is international rap star ShaoDow. The manga-influenced rapper has previously opened for well-known acts like Wiley and Stormzy, as well as having toured Europe, Asia and South America. ShaoDow is known for his unique sound which has been broadcast on popular radio show Fire In The Booth and on many commercial radio stations.

Elsewhere at The Hunter Club on Saturday will be performances from the likes of Sink Ya Teeth, KYANOS, Sam Eagle, The Glitter Shop, GABBY, History & Lore, Dusky Sunday and many many more! Doors open at 1pm so come down early for some awesome local live music! Tickets on the door are only £8.

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Bury Fringe Festival 2018 Fundraiser gig review

A night of great variety performances culminated in a truly special headline set from funk legends Stretch Soul Gang.

The night kicked off with comedy, with four comedians all sharing the spotlight with their rib-busting humour, Bimi Adeyi was the pick of the bunch here though tonight showed that the comedy circuit in the area is one what is certainly up and coming.

Before the musical sets, the audience were wowed by the wonderful words of poet Joanna Hagan-Young. She certainly didn’t disappoint here, and her poem We All Came Together written about the Fringe, was without a doubt the highlight of her delightful set.

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Kelodown

Kicking off the musical side of proceedings was country soloist Lucy Grubb. In this year’s Fringe, Lucy deservedly won the Bury Songwriters Competition with the stunning 18 Miles, a track performed live with so much heart and passion. Other tracks played during her short set were from her 18 Miles-named debut EP. She truly is an artist to look out for, because she is definitely set for bigger things.

BurySOUND finalists Kelodown warmed the crowd up for the main event with their joyous brand of hard rock. Though the band are of a young age, they instantly interacted with the large audience and showed off their experienced stage presence with shredding riffs and extreme amounts of head banging. We’re still awaiting new music from the five-piece rockers, but as soon as we have news on that we’ll let you know!

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Stretch Soul Gang

It was well-documented that on Friday night I was meant to be attending the Craig David gig in Newmarket, but as soon as this event was announced I sold my tickets. Why you ask? Because Stretch Soul Gang are arguably the best live band in the region. The band played a similar set to the one at Homegrown a few months earlier, but as always the audience were up on their feet dancing away to their amazing original tracks like recent single Open Up Your Eyes and the sweet Poncho Villa. Upcoming single Ungrateful is a track that always goes down well, but as soon as they jive into Ain’t Got No Money that’s when you know you’re watching something truly truly special. New music is almost certainly on its way… see these lot when you can, they are epic.

Thanks to Jan Roberts for the use of his images in the article.

On SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST, we are holding our first gig night at The Constitutional Club with psych-rockers Sun Scream headlining, with support from BurySOUND winners Influx of Insanity, loud rock duo KULK and Cambridge’s hottest prospects God Hates Astronauts! Music starts from 7pm, £5 on the door!

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Bury Fringe All-Dayer 2018 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

An incredible array of talent was on display at The Hunter Club yesterday (Saturday 5th May) for the 7th annual Bury Fringe All-Dayer, headlined by the rampant Gaffa Tape Sandy.

The day was brilliantly started with bands from Queens Road Rock School, Queen Dogs showed vast confidence beyond the years playing covers of One Way or Another and a great cover of Transmission by Joy Division, whilst The Daze played some original tracks alongside covers of Use Somebody and Blitzkrieg Bop. Both bands went down really well with the crows, and it really was a great way to kick off the day.

Opening The Magic Carpet Stage was rising star Noah Evans, another performer in the same age range as the bands before, but still showing off his incredible talents playing tracks from his debut EP See It Through which is now on Spotify. These three acts really shows that the Bury St Edmunds area is abundant with young talent, and it’s so promising to see this!

Going back to the Main Hall, alt-rocker Sophie Mahon and her backing band wowed the crowd with a truly awesome 80’s influenced-set featuring crowd favourite 2bf which is a really really brilliant track. Turning 180 degrees, it was then Blue Mean Eyes turn to shine and they certainly did. Tearing through tracks like Brixton Shrug, the trio proved during their set that they are set for big things, especially considering that they have new music on it’s way!

Enterlude brought their indie-synth sound to the Washing Machine stage, playing the phenomenal tracks Hurt Yourself and British Dream whilst also showing off new track Dancing With The Devil. With a support slot for Bessie Turner coming up for the band, they’ll just get better and better. After their set, Cambridge’s Lemondaze played a blinder of a set, with their stunning shoegaze sound really connecting with the large crowd. They are definitely a band to keep an eye out for, really promising stuff!

Our first visit to the Rock Against Racism Stage, run by Toonteen’s Joe Weaver, saw us see the brilliant BAILEY. Starting his set with his debut single The Future, his elevating-pop sound really shone through as his set went on, he has new tracks on the way and we can’t wait to hear them. Next up on stage was the delightful Matt Hammond who was a really interesting act to watch. It was lovely to sit and admire his guitar work, his intricate guitar melodies were truly impressive, especially during the wonderful Skylines.

A late replacement after the Interesting Times Gang sadly pulled out, KULK played two sets during the day. Heavy rock is their speciality, especially when they’re playing the bloody insane tracks Fix Me and Toxic. Every time I see these, they just get better and better, and to get that sound from only two people is just jaw-dropping! After seeing them support DRUIDS in January, it was really nice to see Stealing Signs back with their sweet alternative rock, playing one of my personal favourite local tracks You Will Be and many more. Every time these lads perform they put on a great show, we can’t wait to see them at Homegrown Festival!

Rounding off the first half of the all-dayer were the wonderful trio of The Glitter Shop. They may have only played a handful of gigs together since forming, but as soon as they stepped on stage, you would have thought they would have been playing together for years. Not only do their studio releases Fizz and Sleep sound great live, the other tracks on their set like Throwing Apples and Call The Bank topped off with their frantic energy on stage proves why they are one of the most exciting bands to have come out of the local scene in years.

After a much-needed food break, Kelodown and their hard rock sound really got the crowd moving proving why they made to the final of BurySound this year. With more gigs under their belt, the band will get even better, especially if they write tracks as good as Carpet Burn and Occupational HazardThe Baby Seals made their Hunter Club debut with a formidable set filled with really fun tracks with bonkers names like My Labia Is Lopsided But I Don’t Mind and Nipple Hair. Hopefully they play there again soon, because they were ace!

Playing before the headliners on the Rock Against Racism stage were The Catch with one  of the best sets of the entire day. Their new tracks sound really really impressive especially the thumping Can You Feel It? and Hindsight, which really compliment the rest of their packed set which include crowd favourite Tie Dye and new single Sort It Out. Quality as always from one of the best bands in Bury.

SIAH played a long over-due set on Chris’s Stage, with their post-punk hits Susie Smokes and A French Girl sounding really great as always. Let’s hope that they release some new music before the year is out because it’s desperately needed! Fresh off the back of a European tour, Fightmilk were another band returning to the Hunter Club with their epic pop-punk tracks like Pity Party, making the release of their debut album hotly anticipated!

Co-headlining the Rock Against Racism Stage were indie-rock legends The Baskervilles. The band have recently released new track Blood In My Mouth which sounds truly majestic live, alongside their set-opener Kalashnikov and all-round belter Death Of A Pop Song. We really can’t wait to hear what the foursome release next because they’re one of the best indie rock groups around locally. The other band co-headlining the RAR stage were 2017 BurySOUND finalists Goldblume, a commanding set from the god-like trio who played Razor, from their RSD vinyl release, which sounded utterly sublime. Their bold stage presence was a joy to watch and was the perfect way to close the stage. Two real highlights of the day.

After releasing their second EP Life’s A Beach only last week, Tundra brought the summer vibes to Chris’s Stage with their glorious surf-punk sounds. They played the EP in full with Walking Stick and Swimming Shorts sounding absolutely huge with their awesome riffs and thundering drums. It’s no doubt that Tundra are a ‘live band’, and when it comes to playing their trademark song Vacation, you know that the crowd are going to go absolutely mental. And they certainly did. A really memorable set that led into the overall headliners set impeccably.

So, now onto the last act of the night, the absolutely AMAZING Gaffa Tape Sandy. The band had already played in Leeds earlier on in the day, but they saved their A-game for their hometown crowd bursting into the frantic Transylvania and the snappy Water Bottle with moshpits already forming in the packed crowd. The trio played a mix of old and new with the well-received Smart Dressed Guy and L’Appel du Vide still sounding so exciting and fresh. New tracks Turnstile and Meathead went down a treat with the crowd too, with the fun instrumentals and perfect vocals really packing a punch, the latter is being released soon, WATCH THIS SPACE! And by the way Manager is still class, probably the most underrated track from their debut EP Spring Killing. They closed their set with the ever-present Beehive, inviting the absolute legend Seymour Quigley to crowd surf whilst they played it. With several festival dates this summer lined up, there’s no doubt that they are one of the most exciting bands in the UK at the moment. Go and see them if you ever have the chance!

Well done to all the acts who played yesterday! Special shout out to Substation, Rosa, Alicia Hall, Robert C Taylor, Ben Pegley, Phoebe Austin and Grandma’s Waffle Velocity too!

Thanks to everyone involved for putting on a great event!

Written by Marc Manning                Graphics by Guy Rodwell