New Music, Beautiful Festival-Kingsstock 2018

This year marks my forth visit to this wonderful festival based in beautiful Moggerhanger Park. This time, I could only make it to the Saturday, the biggest day of the festival, however as there were many ‘new names’ to investigate , it promised an exciting day of music. I was not disappointed…these are some of the highlights!

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Johnny B: The first complete gig was a completely new artist to me. Situated on the beautiful Garden Stage, surrounded by trees and sitting on hay stacks, we were treated to a mainly guitar driven set of intimate songs that stirred the listener. With a voice that reminded me of Jake Bugg or James Bay at times, he included Beatles and Foo Fighters covers amongst his own songs,itwas a great start to my day! Twitter @Johnnybeevers

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Chloe Reynolds: It appears I am one of the last to discover the singer/ songwriter who has featured on numerous radio shows and festivals and has even supported Lulu! With a talent of communication, speaking of everyday life to the audience-comparisons made to Joni Mitchell and Alicia Keys are a good guide. A talented artist. Twitter @_chloereynolds

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Those Scottish Campers: A short impromptu gig at the Clearing stage, introduced to this six piece band surprisingly from north of the border! They guarantee to get your feet moving with great songs and funny links in between-a musical force to be experienced! Twitter @campersthose

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James Mills: Both a new name to me and the festival and in fact his first “real” gig (although you would not of guessed it!) James is a London based musician, who has stepped out to preform live… and he certainly knows how to plays the guitar! Musically, best described as guitar based rock, lyrically he delivers deep thoughtful lyrics which stay with you after the last note. Twitter @jamesmillsmusic

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Rebekah Vyce: Rebekah delivers intimate songs with beautiful rich vocals and lush melodies. Her lyrics are both encouraging and personal, A typical example is a new song written only weeks before about life with her son (2 years old) which she preformed at the festival. Twitter @rebekahvyce

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Zion: Manchester based Zion, is a self taught musician who has mastered the art of infectious funky/gospel melodies which feel like old friends on first play. BBC Introducing have also been highlighting his music. According to his blog, his love of poetry drives his lyric writing- this was very apparent at Kingsstock. He also did an excellent version of the blues classic “John The Revelator”! Twitter @Iam_zionmusic

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The Bright Expression: This Southampton based 4 piece originally formed as a group of friends playing music. An online pledge campaign led to their first album being recorded. Here at a now wet Kingsstock, they delivered a blistering set of listener friendly pop with hints of Arcade Fire/Paramore, while creating an unique keyboard sound of their own- the rain was almost forgotten!. Twitter @thebrightexpres

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The Flight Brigade: Creating an avalanche of sound not unlike Arcade Fire, The Fight Brigade finished Saturday night feast of live music. This six piece pack a stadium punch of driving rock anthems competing with the best. A worthy end to a great day! Twitter @ flightbrigadehq

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Review: Just Another Week, Shadey Scandals

This is my first encounter with the music of this six piece Kent band led by Alex Askew, made up from various walks of life including an ex -service man and an illustrator.

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Between them they present their first single “Just Another Week”, an anthem of getting through another week and wondering what was achieved. The song becomes stuck in your head after a few plays , featuring great lead guitar and vocals. There is also a retro feel to the track, reminding me of the early to mid seventies (Christie, Paper Lace for example) and I would imagine goes down well when played live. This shows a lot of promise, particularly as they have chosen to introduce themselves with a composition of their own and not a cover song. I look forward to hearing more!

7/10

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