Gig Review and Photography by Jason Broadhurst

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It’s not often you go to a gig that has four acts on in one night, and you can definitely cut that number in half again if you can say that none of them are filler. Well on paper I can definitely say tonight is one of those special cases where we get the later.

Yashin

Yashin

Opening proceedings early are Glaswegian metal band Yashin, a band who I have never listened to but have heard their name battered around a bit due to their dedication to touring. The band have the unconventional method of having two frontmen, both guys run the stage like clockwork and leaving Harry Radford to join the crowd to sing a couple of numbers.

(Hed)P.E.

(Hed)P.E.

Next up, (Hed)P.E. who are a relative unknown to myself despite their many years of experience. They open with a rendition of ‘Ghost Town’, frontman Jahred Gomes puts on a V mask and performing a almost zombie like walk. Despite being predominately a punk rock band there is an incredible amount of variation in their sound as they switch between a funk, rap and almost thrash metal at times.

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

One of the hottest bands on the live scene right now are Crossfaith and they always guaranteeing to put on an amazing live show. The perfect blend of crazy and cool 5 piece group launch into songs ’System X’, ‘Monolith’ and ‘Countdown to Hell’ before the crowd are introduced to the main man from Skindred for ‘Wildfire’. The place is now rocking and the band finish with an impressive cover of The Prodigy’s ‘Omen’.

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

It’s going to take a lot to beat that performance but the crowd are pumped and as the lights dim, the sound of AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ fills the speakers and into the room the screams reach fever pitch. Having that as your opening track is a bold move by any band but frontman Benji has that kinda of swagger that Skindred can pull it off. Shortly followed by the standard remixed version of the ‘Imperial March’. The tour comes straight off the back of their latest album ‘Volume’ reaching 29th in the UK charts but the setlist is still a good mixture of songs from ‘Roots Rock Riot’, ‘Babylon’ and ‘Kill The Power’.

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The band finish on the stellar trio of ‘Pressure’, ‘Kill The Power’ and ‘Nobody’ which goes to show just how they not only have the numbers but also the quality when it comes to a setlist.

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Coming on for an encore of ‘Warning’, a personal favourite of mine and to the crowds surprise they are joined by special guests Koie Kenta & Jahred Gomes from Crossfaith and (Hed)P.E. respectively. It is clear to see that all these bands good friends to the point this tour has almost made them family.

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Tonight has had four great performances and it is a perfect showcase of what live music is all about.

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Setlist: Thunderstruck (AC/DC song), Imperial March (Dubstep remix), Under Attack, Roots Rock Riot, Stand for Something, Rat Race, Doom Riff, Ninja, Sound the Siren, Cause Ah Riot, Trouble, Volume, Pressure, Kill the Power, Nobody

Encore: Warning (With Koie Kenta & Jahred Gomes)

See the full photoset here (80 great shots).

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