Dirty Legion open up to an already heaving audience, their edgy indie a perfect start to the night. The Bad Paws follow and they too get the crowd moving.
Switch Transmission are next to take the stage and by this point the venue is filled to capacity.
Their funk-tinged rock taking the night in a different direction.
Frontman David Martin may look like butter wouldn’t melt, but the band are ploughing a surprisingly angst ridden furrow.
When Bleech have fought their way through the crowd to start their set, there’s a noticeable anticipation.
This trio make a booming post-grunge noise that makes this reviewer feel young again. As Jen O’Neill’s vocals and guitar duel with sister Katherine’s Bass line and tracks like Are You Listening?, drummer Matt kirk pounds out a beat.
The band stop long enough to berate the anonymous audience member who stole a T-shirt from their merchandise pile before launching back into more vitriol fuelled, angsty rock tracks, creating an epic sound from just three people.
When the band leave the stage at the end of the set, drenched in sweat but grinning at a gig that went well, they’re immediately besieged – clearly they’ve made a lot of new friends!MATT MERRITT