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  • SPiT LiKE THiS
  • Slam Cartel
  • Avenge Thee + Naime
  • Embryon


Thursday evening at the renowned music venue Beercart Arms in Canterbury saw a very special and mixed line up that worked together in the way peanut butter and jam does.  This was a gig I was hyped for, not often for a start I get to photograph and see 4 completely new bands.  Put that together with the reputation of all bands and the rumor that Avenge Thee + Naime would be performing with 3… yes 3 drummers and well, it wasn’t going to be a spectacle to miss!  An awesome line up put on by Below the Radar Events and Promotions.

First up Embryon, it was clear from the start these guys were going to put on a great stage show, just from their appearance and stance and I was not disappointed.  At first they appeared to be quite old school rock in their visual performance but the songs that came off that stage soon told a different story.  Vocalist Dave Frawley looks like he was born to perform and is able to to rock out like a super star whilst keeping tight clean vocals.  The stage saw poses and stances worthy of an arena, hair billowing by a fan in a way that looked like they were shooting a music video and a drum kit that you should bow down to and worship (provided by SPiT LiKE THiS).  Taking the performance off stage and pushing the mic into the crowds faces, made the audience interact in a way that is so hard for first on the line up bands to do.  This oozed of the bands experience of performing and the ability to work a crowd.  The final song of the set saw front man Dave, even pluck a poor unsuspected lady from the audience and twirl her around the floor in a manner fitting more of a masked ball than a heavy rock set!  Performing and playing to the camera in a way that gets me more excited than any thing should on a Thursday evening, this is a band I want to see again!



Next up Avenge Thee + Naime.  Watching this band set up, it became very clear from the off that this was not going to be your normal average band or performance.  If you hadnt heard of this band then you would be forgiven for standing scratching your heads while they set up, off stage… not a single band member anywhere near the stage in fact.  Looking like a flea market with carpets laid down on the dance floor, 3 drum kits set up face to face with topless (partly bottomless too in cases) drummers strewn over the floor.  Granted they usually only have 2 drummers (only… lol) tonight saw a special with a drummer leaving, it was his last performance, new drummer and existing drummer in tow.  You knew from the off that earplugs were more than a must, well if you actually wanted to hear anything for the next couple of weeks!  Vocalist Adam Wesgate puts on a quirky performance, dancing around the floor amongst the crowd in a totally unique manner (this could never be copied), even sitting on the floor at times and stopping to just stare or point at a person.  A slightly uncomfortable experience at times for sure but wow, it does the job of capturing your attention.  If that’s not enough the drummers hit their kits one at time, climbing around on top of them like small children on a climbing frame at the local playground.  At times they fell into poses like the un-dead and gradually came back to life in a frenzied attack that made you fear for the  poor drums lives.  The set ended with drummers falling in somersaults (yes falling) off their kits in heaps of drums, chairs, bodies and broken sticks everywhere.  This is a performance that not one single person in the world should miss, even if you hate metal!

Avenge Thee + Naime

Avenge Thee + Naime

Slam Cartel came next and you had to feel a little sorry for any band that had to follow the previous set.  Being a 3 drum and Glam Rock/Horror sandwich was always going to be a hard for any band and in fairness I feel that they should probably have been moved down a slot to gain the crowd appreciation that they deserved.  However, this does not detract from the bands performance both visually and musically in anyway.  A strong band, extremely good at what they do, gaining airplay on such radio stations as Planet Rock, shows you the caliber of these guys and they put on a more than credible performance.  Being joined on stage by the infamous Bobb the Pineapple (appeared on stage with Rage Against the Machine and has his own Facebook) saw a band with a front man that sure loves what he does.  Hard hitting rock belted on and off stage as vocalist Giles Van Lane frequently went walk about, interacting the with audience and demanding that they paid attention.  This is a front man that you never want to take you eyes off, not only due to his enigmatic manner but also due to his love of stealth attacks on those that turn their backs (I learn this quickly!).  Playing to the camera at all times, getting up real close and personal and even including the camera in a song this band sure know how to play to their fans.  I was even invited on stage by the guitarist at one point to photograph the drummer and he playfully then tried to block me and proceed to dance around me!  A really fun band with an awesome sound that I can’t wait to see perform to a larger crowd.

Slam Cartel

Slam Cartel

Last but no means least SPiT LiKE THiS an Alternative Horror-Streaked UK Glam Punk band hit the stage.  Clear from walking into the venue and seeing their merchandise stand and the way these guys were dressed, this was going to be a show and a half…  Performing as part of their NormalityVille Horror Tour these guys look like they had just stepped of set from The Rocky Horror Show stage, which is quite fitting as they performed an amazing cover of Sweet Transvestite.  So amazing you would be forgiven for thinking these guys had actually wrote it or it had it written for them.  The band has a stunning female bassist ViKKi SPiT who fits better than an old shoe in the line up and sure knows how to glam it up!  I was never quite sure if this was a stunning musical West End show or a hard hitting punk/glam rock band but either way I loved it.  Punchy hard hitting songs, visual performances of the likes you will rarely see, a front man that  can interact with an audience in a way that would make the most accomplished jealous .. this band knows how to have fun.  Random moments of creating a conga around the floor, an audience member having ‘titties’ drawn on his naked chest with a marker pen and banter that would cut anyone dead makes this a band at the top of their game.  I could never get bored with watching these guys… a total must see!



So there ends a review which is much longer than it should be but equally not nearly long enough to convey the feelings and emotions that this gig induced.   The buzz from this was amazing and although I try to stay neutral on opinions and reviews, its impossible to do so with this one.  I’m breaking my rule and saying this was one of my favorites  both personally to watch and to photograph.  I can’t put across enough the spectacle in words, so hope that my photo’s will do the job for me.  A tiny amount of 169 photo’s taken on the night will appear below so I implore you to click the link to the Facebook page and look at the rest!  A random day started with a Facebook friend request from a pineapple, ended in an even more surreal and random way.  An evening that will stick in my mind for many years to come!

Review by Sarah Quinn – GIGglepics

SPiT LiKE THiS – Sick 
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Slam Cartel – Handful of Dreams 
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Avenge Thee + Naime – Ear of the Horse 
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Embryon – Lost
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Here follows an extremely small amount of photography from the evening, for full evenings photo’s please go to Facebook, this gig only

  • Electric River
  • COLT 45
  • One Day Elliott

So Sunday evening at the Beercart Arms in Canterbury saw something rather special.  Electric River headlined on the very last gig of The Big Cheese Magazine Tour with their support COLT 45.  The local band hit the road, starting in Glasgow where  they met with Cumbrian band COLT 45 for the first gig of a 9 date tour.   Over the course of 11 days the bands played in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Manchester, Leeds, Ipswich, Leicester, London, finally finished last night in Canterbury.  Each location saw them joined by local bands on the lineup and from the sounds of it, the lads had a blast.

Local support for the last gig of the tour came from One Day Elliott, a 4 piece Rock/Punk/Metal band from Maidstone, at least that’s how they describe themselves.  They incorporated all three of the above in an accomplished manner, surprising me with a Capella track which, theoretically you would not think could work.  Wrong, it did!  A very surprising set which could have easily induced a mosh pit but equally saw toe tapping and head nodding, not an easy feat to accomplish in combination.  Vocalist Paul not only smashed every song but had bundles of charisma and a unique style of moving on stage that just made me want to join him…  In all a surprising mix that left me craving more.

Headline support COLT 45came bursting out of the box‘ in a manner that should not be humanely possible at the end of a 800/900 mile tour.  Describing themselves as a three piece punk/alt rock band from Cumbria with big hooks, big riffs and poor circulation, I can confirm that they are exactly that.  The sound produced on stage was loud, proud and melodic with harmonies and  riffs that were pretty staggering. I have to point out that vocalist Neil, had the most visually beautiful guitar I have seen in a very long while, although it completely dwarfed him on stage.  In fact he even joked outside that he ‘used the case to sleep in on tour’.  My only disappointment, they are not local so a long way to travel for a gig.  Guess I’ll have to settle for listening to their EP!

Headliners Electric River pulled in a large fan base as always, seeing a good mixture of people lined up at the front of the stage awaiting their performance.  I do have to point out though, that the band does seem to have a larger young, pretty, female fan base than most.  From the off the band showed they meant business producing  heavy melodies and catchy numbers that made you want to jump around and dance. I can honestly say that these guys had more energy on stage than at 3 year old after drinking a litre of full fat generic fizzy drink.  It’s not hard to see why this band have such a strong, loyal fan base and they never fail to blow me away with their strong Punk/Rock n Roll style.

Watching from the sidelines with my camera, it was very clear both bands have had a blast on tour and made life long friends.  Belting each others tracks out from the audience I think its fair to say that both bands had a lot of fun.  An awesome way to finish a tour!

Hear track Electric River – Hold Your Nerve 
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Hear track COLT45 – Chasing Yesterday EP (2011) – 01 Chasing Yesterday 
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Hear track One Day Elliott – So Far, So Good 
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Here follows a very small amount of photography from the night. For full evenings photo’s, please go to my Facebook, this gig only 



  • Jukebox Monkey
  • Let The Dust Settle
  • All That We Know
  • Ian Day (Tank Trap)

New Music Thursday at the RokanRolla, Folkestone’s only dedicated music venue provided something more than a little bit special on this night.  Firstly it was going to be an exciting night because 3 of the acts playing I had never seen before and its always great to see new acts, secondly Ian Day from the mighty Tank Trap was performing an acoustic set!

So we start with Ian Day.  Now I’ve been fortunate enough to see Tank Trap live and photograph them at a small gig in Ashford at Platform 5 and that is a gig I will not forget in a hurry.  Therefore it was with slight trepidation that I prepared for Ian’s acoustic set.  I knew deep down that it would be good, with a voice like that it could be nothing else.  However, there was an edge of nerves as to whether his performance could be as great as when with his band. I really needn’t have worried.  Ian played an acoustic set of rock/bluesy covers including an amazing version of Hey Maggie, REM covers and a jaw dropping performance of Hallelujah.  Ian finished his set with a rendition of MMMBop by Hanson which he assured was for comic value, although knowing the words so well, I’m not entirely convinced!   Each song saw an eruption of applause from the audience who sat mesmerized by this stripped back, pure set of vocals and guitar.  Ian’s voice simply captivated the audience with a strong but at times slightly gravelly, pure sound that filled the huge venue with ease, such is the power of of his voice.  The only difference between an Ian Day acoustic performance and a Tank Trap performance for this lead singer, is an air of vulnerability when on stage performing alone.  Gone is the edgy confident persona and in its place something a little more vulnerable and unsure, which in itself is very charming.  All in all I have to say this was an incredible set that had the rock/heavy rock bands that were to follow sitting in total appreciation and they were not afraid to show it.  I would most definitely be seeking out an Ian Day acoustic gig to watch again on a personal level.

Next up saw a young covers band called All That They Know,  who have recently performed on Academy FM.  Still relatively new, having formed in August 2011 this trio feature covers ranging from Tiao Cruz through to John Lennon.  They are stepping into the studio in a couple of weeks on March the 12th to begin recording their debut EP.  This evening however saw rock covers of the likes of Kings of Leon, Artic Monkeys and Blink 182 to name few, although their set only ran for around 20 minutes in total.  The lead singer and guitarist Harley Johnson, if I’m honest, looked the most confident and comfortable in the band, settling in well to his performance.  I’m not entirely sure how many gigs this band have played together but they did at times appear to be nervous and lacking that real confidence and stage presence that draws an audience in.  This could also be due to the epic numbers that they chose to perform, as the likes of Sex is on Fire require a certain amount of  boldness and exuberance to pull off entirely credibly.  Still having said that, this is a band that I feel has potential for growth and with more performances together I feel they will develop a greater confidence that will enhance their stage performance and therefore the audiences appreciation.  One to watch!

Headline support act Let The Dust Settle are an originals Heavy Rock/Metal band from Tonbridge Wells, Kent. This band consists of 4 members and I have to say for me had a slight Motorhead feel about them.  Now when they first took to the stage I’ll be honest, I did not know what to expect.  These guys did not look like your stereotypical heavy rock/metal band apart from the Jack Daniels and Led Zepplin t-shirts on stage, the usual heavy tattoos, piercings or long headbanging hair were not really in sight.  I know slap on the wrist for the stereotyping… but well its just what I’m used to seeing.  However, what was evident from the very first bar is that looks can be deceiving.  The heavy riffs mixed with clear punchy vocals captured my attention from the very start and I soon found it hard to concentrate on photography due to feeling the need to to move!  By the time they came to the last song of their set, self titled Let The Dust Settle I did in fact find myself moving my head in a general nodding fashion along with the headbanging being produced on stage.  At the end of the set the guitarist simply announced to the audience “I’m a sweaty monkey” and it was quite apt really.  This band is full of energy with confidence that belies a real ‘gel’ in the band.  This is a band I need to see more of… not because I haven’t made up my mind, the opposite, I need to see them again!

Now on to the headliners Jukebox Monkey.  These guys describe themselves as ‘4 Guys playing bad-ass hard-rock’ and well, they are just what they say on the tin.  Having come highly recommended by another amazing hard rock/stoner metal band Stone Kings, I was expecting good things… I was not disappointed.  In fact I would go as far as to say that I got, amazing things!  This band showed what they were all about from the off, flying out of the box, no messing into a hard energetic rock set of pure headbanging and heavy riffs that I would defy anyone to stand still too, with an energy that is rarely seen these days.  It is very evident these guys have been together for a considerable amount of time and I am astonished that they have not progressed much further yet, or that I had not heard of them to date.  An extremely tight set and interaction on stage between members show how many gigs they have played together and wow, what a show they put on.  None of which compromises the amazing sound that come from the stage.  The drummer captured my attention from the very start, reminding me of Animal from the Muppet’s with his wild and enthusiastic method of drumming, which included, unusually, a cowbell!  I can honestly say that I would pay decent money to go and watch these guys and think they are destined for good/bigger things.  If bad-ass hard rock is what you are all about, you must get out there to one of their gigs, you will not be disappointed.  I recommend that you check these guys out on Facebook, give them a like and show them some love, after last nights performance, they deserve it!

Judging by the overall quality and standard of last nights gig, if the RokanRolla continue to produce such high standard evenings I can see their venue being packed out to capacity very soon.

Here follows a very small selection of photography from the night.  For the full evenings photo’s please go to my Facebook page, this gig only

Hear track Jukebox Monkeys – Airborne
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Hear track Let The Dust Settle – Weapons And War 
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Hear track Tank Trap – Bite The Bullet
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Should be able to bring you tracks and links for Let The Dust Settle and All That We Know later today or in the next couple of days so please check back!

  • Van Susans
  • The Doctorates
  • Moccasins
  • The Alamo
  • Lonnie Storey

Sunday night at the Beercart Arms in Canterbury saw a most wonderful night of Indie music.  Below the Radar Events and Promotions moved out of their usual genre and comfort zone and put on their first ever Indie gig at the Beercart and wow what a treat.  The line up was absolutely first class and the audience were treated to 5 – yes 5 bands/artists, with a  headline act that blew everyone away.  Putting aside the headliner, all 4 other acts were extremely strong and alone would have left the audience feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.  As it was, everyone leaving was heard to be praising the line up and evening in general and inquires were made as to when the next will be (which I might add is next Sunday, 3 March when the amazing Electric River play their only Kent gig on their current tour – for details please click here)

First on the lineup was the lovely Lonnie Storey as a solo act.  From the start it was clear that Lonnie is used to the comfort of his fellow band members from Loaded Pistola, as he did appear slightly uncomfortable and nervous at first, of course this could also be due to being first act up which is never an easy slot.  He also experienced some minor technical sound problems during his set but this did not detract from his very credible and enjoyable performance.  Nerves put aside the voice and guitar skills were very evident from the off and Lonnie got the evening warmed up extremely nicely with a set of covers and original material, slightly adapted from his band.  He set the tone very nicely for the acts to come and gave us all a sneak peek as to what the evening was going to offer. I’d personally be very interested in hearing him play with the full line up of Loaded Pistola and will be keeping an eye out for them at future local gigs.

Next up The Alamo was a very last-minute step in and wow, what a replacement.  A young acoustic band with musical influences from Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons, Ed Sheeran and Led Zeppelin, they recently performed a cover of Californication for the increasing popular Live in the Living Room YouTube channel.  Having only recorded demo’s so far these lads are just finishing the mixing of a recording that I will be able to bring you hopefully within the week.  Judging by their performance last night I would highly recommend you check back to hear their track.  This band performed an extremely tight set with vocals and harmony’s that blew the room and myself away.  I will definetely be keeping an eye out for these guys in the future and hoping to catch them at a gig really soon.

The third band of the evening was one that I have had the pleasure of seeing/photographing before, Moccasins.  Another very last-minute lineup change, agreeing to play with only a couple of hours notice, this group of local lads never fail to impress all those that see them.  The energy and immense sense of fun on stage shows how much these guys love what they do and they produce a very interesting and slightly different sound of rock indie.  Very well positioned on the lineup, their lively set upped the tempo of the evening at just the right point, setting the tone for the last two acts to come.  These bands have obviously played a considerable amount of gigs and their stage presence and way with the crowd wins over even the most reluctant of members of the audience.  You cant help but smile when these guys play.  I highly recommend you check them out at a gig near you!

Fourth was another band I have heard/photographed before but I’m not going to say too much about the band themselves as I am about to write a feature article on them.  I will say that they are a 3 piece band from Canterbury called The Doctorates that play a mixture of covers and original material.  The first time I saw them play was very, very early on in their beginnings and I just have to say how far they have come as a band in such a short space of time.  I would almost say that apart from the sound produced being vaguely familiar, they were almost unrecognizable from what I had seen before.  Their performance and confidence has jumped ten fold and they certainly deserved their support slot on the lineup.  This band is definitely one to watch and if you are into your Indie music I am pretty confident that  you will love these guys.  The lead singer/guitarist Nick Tompkins has really found himself on stage with both strong vocals and visual performance to boot.  In all this is a band I feel sure is going places and can only grow from strength to strength.

Well now, onto the headliners, the most awesome Van Susans.  Now I have to say that I had heard a fair amount recently about this band, in fact they seem to be surrounded in hype right now.  Having heard they were headlining this gig I looked them up on Facebook and if I’m completely honest was a little skeptical.  At only a few shy of 36,000 likes I started to do a little research and soon discovered that they have an extremely credible line up of musicians.  In fact their violinist Holly McLatchie (also vocals) has an extensive musical background and has performed for Prince Andrew during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  Putting all this aside I still held off on my opinion and refused to listen to any of their music until I had heard them live.  I’m very glad I did… they totally, utterly and completely blew me a way.  I found them mesmerizing to watch in performance, finding it hard to tear my eyes away and actually concentrate on photographing the band.  The unique blend of instruments carrying across the venue transported me into a place that made me completely forget that tomorrow would be a miserable Monday morning, that it was snowing and freezing cold outside and I had a long drive home ahead.  Smashing out songs from their old EP and their new album entitled Paused in the Moment, these guys clearly love what they do, performing is a passion.  I would also like at this point to state, that they have the happiest, smiliest drummer I have ever had the pleasure to photograph, which does however mean that the band tends to turn to him on a regular basis due to his enthusiasm… which is great, expect when you are trying to get photographs of all members facing front.  That however is the only complaint I could possibly make about this band and I hardly think that counts as criticism.  At one point the guys put down their guitars and broke out the drums with such energy I was surprised that they had any thing left to finish their set, but finish they did with a song called Cha Cha Bang, even getting audience participation of clapping along at the right points.  I can honestly say that having brought home their album and EP I have listened to it on loop today… this is a band you need in your life!

Here follows a very, very small amount of the evenings photography, for all photo’s please go to my Facebook page, this gig only 

Van Susans – Served Cold – from their Debut Album 
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The Doctorates – Sorry Love mix 
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The Alamo – More To Learn 
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  • Insult
  • The Eyes
  • The Half Wits
  • Tres Camaradas

So a freezing cold Thursday evening saw a night of Punk and Rock hit the RokanRolla, Folkestone’s only dedicated music venue.  Now this was the first time that the RokanRolla venue had seen a full-on line up such as this and it was an evening that did not go entirely smoothly. Writing reviews for gigs can be extremely rewarding but equally at times it can be difficult.  The whole point of reviews is honesty, otherwise there is no point and to be honest I would be discredited pretty quickly if I was anything but.  This is one that I’ve not looked forward to writing because it involves a venue and bands that I work or have worked with on several occasions.  I’ve had to put some real thought into this and I think in fairness I will keep details to a minimum and try to focus on all the positives of the evening.

So first band up was Tres Camaradas, a local Rock/Punk band that is very new on the scene.  In fact last night was only their fourth ever gig but had I not been told this, I would never have known.  They performed a really tight set for a band that have performed so few gigs and if this is where they are at now, I can only say that the future holds bright things for them!  One to keep an eye on.

Next up were The Half Wits, another local band of pure Punk!  These guys have a devoted following on the scene already and it showed. This was not the first time I’ve photographed this band and I’m pretty sure it will not be the last.  Always exciting to work with as their aggressive Punk lyrics see their fans hit the floor in a big hard way… producing some amazing photo’s and an insight into the world of Punk.  On first glance you would be forgiven for thinking that these guys and their fans are foul mouth yobs out to cause trouble (foul mouth may be right when it comes to the lyrics of course)… but this is exactly the type of generalization that gives certain genres an unfair and misunderstood reputation.  In fairness its hard and brutal music with even more brutal moves on the floor but this does not mean that it follows through in general.  These guys are awesome at what they do and if you are into your pure Punk… check them out!

Next followed The Eyes, a band that I can only describe as more Rock than their Hard Rock genre.  I’ve photographed this band on a few occasions now and they are exactly what they say on the tin… they also know how to party just as hard as they perform.  Being completely honest and they admitted this themselves, last night was not their best performance, seeing technical problems with equipment among other issues, but as Rock goes these guys know exactly what they are doing and always put on a full on show well worth watching!

Now to the headline band Insult…  well as the photo’s will show these guys were unable to play on the night.  As I mentioned earlier, the evening did not go off without incident and I will try to pass over the details as much as possible.  However, the fact that there was an altercation cannot be ignored as it was partly the reason the headline act was unable to play due to time running out.  It is not for me to pick apart the what’s and why’s of events, I have attended many a gig in the RokanRolla with no problems, I have photographed the bands on a few occasions, never with any problems… sometimes things just happen.  On this occasion Rock and Punk did not mix!

However, any problems were over extremely quickly and handled impeccably by door security, for which he should be commended.  Everyone involved calmed quickly and I feel it was no reflection on those involved…  it was just a real shame.

Insult are a local Old School Punk band, in fact the lads are from Folkestone and had a fair following of fans waiting to see them perform, so there was much disappointment all around.  For myself, their sets always produce great photography and so does their crowd.  In the interest of fairness, as I wasn’t able to get any photographs of them on their headline night, I will still place their track, link to Facebook and links to previous gigs photography I have done of them.  Again, if you are into your Punk, you must check these guys out as they really no how to do it in style!

As usual, here follows a very small amount of the evenings photography.  For the full evenings photo’s please go to Facebook, this gig only (well worth a look, lots of photo’s of both the fans and bands… Insult made it into the fans photo’s!)

Hear track Tres Camaradas – Sink 
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Hear track The Half Wits – SOCIETY 
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Hear track The Eyes – Gravytrain (studio version) 
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Hear track Insult – Face in the Mud 
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Find photo’s of these guys at previous gigs I’ve photographed here: Bar Below gig – Beer Cart Arms gig – Platform 5 gig

  • I.R.I.S
  • Wheres Billy
  • Left of the Right Side
  • Escape the Ocean

Well this gig at the Beer Cart Arms in Canterbury, was both epic and tinged with sadness.  Every single band that played at this gig totally smashed it and put on an awesome show but it was the band Left of the Right Side last ever gig which made me (and many, many others) very sad.

First off credit has to go to Below the Radar Events and Promotions for getting a spot on line up, all bands complimented each other well and any briefly encountered technical issues from the last couple of gigs were no where in sight!  Now onto the bands…

First up where Escape the Ocean, a band that plays Progressive/Math Rock and although I have only seen and photographed them as a full band on two occasions (also once as an acoustic set) they never fail to impress.  The band has an incredible amount of energy on stage, so much that they actually wear me out just watching them, let alone trying to keep up with them with a camera.  Vocalist/Guitarist Lee Morrison manages to fling himself around the stage and almost eat the microphone (literally) without so much as breaking out a sweat.

Escape the Ocean

Escape the Ocean

Next up was the awesome Left of the Right Side.  The best I’ve seen them perform but this is not surprising as it was their last gig and they were pumped for it.  A Rock / Pop-Punk / Progressive band they belted out a full set and had they not been allowed to perform an encore track, I fear there would have been a lynch mob or riot.  The crowd was well up for this set and both sang along to familiar tracks with smiles all over their faces and got some movement going on the floor.  The screaming, chanting and clapping at the end of the set and demand for “one more song, one more song” only showed how much this band was/is loved.  A little surprise for their last ever gig was also on the cards which I was lucky enough to get photographic evidence of… guitarist Shaun Taylor and drummer Matt Downes switched things up for one song… or part of a song and actually swapped instruments.  This left Matt shoe less on stage playing a guitar and Shaun drumming like a loon, both of which extremely credibly I have to say.  Shaun did in fact admit to me today that it was the first time he had ever drummed in front of anyone other than the band and he was terrified… you would never have known so all credit where credit is due guys.  The band is splitting due to work commitments only and are still firm friends.  Some of the lads are looking to start a new project in the future and I wish them all success with this and look forward to running a feature on that new project… stay in touch lads, you’ve been a joy to work with!

Left of the Right Side

Left of the Right Side

So moving onto Wheres Billy,  an amazing rock band that traveled from Tunbridge Wells to play this gig.  They performed at the Beer Cart Arms back at the very beginning of October 2012, when I was just starting out and I didn’t really manage to get any decent shots of them, not this time I’m so very glad to say!  I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed their set and they were a pleasure to do photography for.  Some real powerful, strong songs and vocals came off stage with stage presence to match and great interaction with the crowd.

Wheres Billy

Wheres Billy

Last but not least, as they say, was the evenings headline act, I.R.I.S.  An Alternative Rock / Post-Hardcore band from Deal signed to Engineer Records these guys never disappoint.  I’ve only photographed them on two occasions, one of which was in fact last night and wow… couldn’t possibly be bored in any way because despite working with them only a couple of weeks ago, they introduced new tracks into their set last night.  Nicely performed, the energy these guys exude on stage is evident from the sweat produced and seen in the photo’s.  The crowd love these guys and it’s really not hard to see why, I highly recommend you get along to a gig to see them because even the photo’s will not do their set justice!



OK, OK I know I’ve rambled a bit here tonight and this has been much, much longer than usual, but being a last ever gig and an awesome lineup and top evening, it needed a few more words than usual… so let’s get down to the stuff you expect, music, links and pics!

Here follows a very, very, did I say VERY small amount of the evenings photography.  For full evening, all sets please go to the Facebook page, this gig only

IRIS – Lie For Me 
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Official website 
Record Label Facebook 

Escape the Ocean –  Exit Wound 
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Official Website 

Left Of The Right Side – Skyward 

Find band on Facebook  – they may have played their last gig but these lovely guys are bringing you one last song from their EP so keep an eye out on their page!

Wheres Billy – Aches, Pains & The Quiet Life 
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And one of their music videos 🙂 

  • Hey Joni
  • Charlotte Rose Ellis
  • Sophie Metcalfe + Simon Giles
  • Mitch Emery

Showcase Monday at Folkestone’s only dedicated music venue, RokanRolla saw an incredibly strong line up of bands and acts.  Crowds flocked in to see the RokanRolla’s very own Sophie Metcalfe accompanied by Simon Giles play a strong set of covers, with people dancing along.  However, opening the evening was the talented singer/songwriter/DJ Mitch Emery who warmed the crowd up in a big way.  At one point he even grabbed an assistant out from the crowd up on stage to the delight of the audience.

Following Mitch, Sophie and Simon was the extremely talented Charlotte Rose Ellis, who put on a stunning set of keyboard and vocals.  Charlotte recently auditioned for the esteemed The BRIT School and the rapidly growing hype around this young girl was evident with JNG Records attending this gig.

Last but not least was a talented young band Hey Joni who are obviously already very popular judging by the following that came along to see them.  Playing what they class as an Emo set, the music was not what I expected when they first turned up and the gig was timed perfectly for the release of their EP yesterday.  This band had a lot of energy on stage and despite the odd broken string and pick they put on a credible set.

Here follows a very small selection of the evenings photography, for the evenings full photo’s please go to our Facebook page, this gig only .  Like what you see and hear?  Check the artists out, find them at a gig near you and get down and support them!

Hear track Charlotte Rose Ellis – Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush 
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Hear track Hey, Joni – Jack’s Song 
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Hear more on Bandcamp

Mitch Emery – Find him on Facebook