Shelter- Music for Grenfell

When the news broke of a horredous fire that tore through the homes and hearts of a London neighbourhood, people immediately rallied together to offer sanctuary for those who had been left with nothing. At a time where familys have been torn apart with an unpresidented level of heart ache and loss, the love and compassion of a community pulling together in an attempt to restore any remaining hope has been the light during this very dark time. 

Since the devestating blaze, Shelter have been working tirelessly to help those affected and to ensure that those left homeless were rehoused. In addition the charity have been a lifeline to offer assistance and support to those who lived in the tower and nearby and ensure that these people are listened to. In order to do this Shelter work closely with local authorities to ensure the local people are provided the correct and substantial advise to aid them to try to rebuild their lives and to assist them through this most horrific time. 


With many questions still unanswered by the authorities, it is the impartial charities such as Shelter that desperately require additional finance to ensure they are funded well enough to provide this essential work. Bakery Boy Music proudly supported the Shelter fund raising gig on 27th June 2017 in Shepherds Bush, Bush Hall. The event was announced only a week before with artists Olugbenga of Metronomy, The Boxer Rebellion and Bastille offering their time and talent to attract the ticket sales and perform stripped back sets and Jack Savage (Friendly Fires) and concrete disco performing DJ sets. These wonderful acts dedicated the time and waivered any associated costs in order to put on a show whereby 100% of money raised went to the charity and directly to Shelters new Emergency Relief Fund for the people of Grenfell Tower. 

With a capacity of only 425, this intimate show was as magical and mesmerising as you could imagine with every person within the building having an overwhelming need to offer help and support where possible to Shelter. Pearse Grady, Bakery Boy Music, pulled the gig together within such a short space of time but with such precision that the event was a total success. The Bush Hall is beautiful with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, carpeted flooring and lovely ornate walls, the former dance hall is now a successful independent music venue and an ideal setting not far from the Grenfell Tower site.

The Boxer Rebellion opened the evening with a fantatic acoustic set. The Tennessee-native front man Nathan Nicholson gave us impeccable vocals set againts the incredible stripped back set. 

Olugbenga Adelekan performed solo with his captivating deep tones echoing beautifully around the hall. The Nigerian born musician plays bass for Metronomy however that night stood on stage alone with his guitar and performed an wonderful set.

Headliners, Bastille took to the stage later that evening performing stripped back versions of their tracks including Flaws, Icarus and of course the very fitting Warmth. The band have rightfully been vocal at recent gigs regarding political and social issues and with at this gig we had a fitting speech from Woody (Drummer) where he reminded the audience to stay angry and keep the pressure on councillers and MPs to get answers and to bring accountability to those that have caused this trauma. There is also a calling to ensure that this doesnt happen again and we need to be sure voices are heard in regards to this. 

Bastille are no stranger to donating their time to charity gigs having recently headlined at Union Chapel for Streets of London and with their ever growing popularity the band are able to bring the crowds to charity events in order to raise the money needed to really help and support our communities.

Pearse Grady should be very proud of what was achieved that night and I know that everyone involved deserves so much credit. Even with the final amount raised still to be annouced, we are able to confirm that 100% of the proceeds will go to those that need it most. I felt honoured to attend such a wonderful event, watch the talented musicians and artists and be able to contribute to the fantastic work that Shelter do. 

Thank you to everyone involved.

Www.shelter.org.uk/grenfell

http://england.shelter.org.uk/support_us/campaigns/grenfell_tower

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Judas

An alternative rock band based in London, Judas have only been togther a couple of years but have made waves through the music scene. 

Band members are John Clancy, vocals and guitar; Todd Blackmore, guitar; Sam Horvath, drums; and James Phillips, bass and having finished a UK tour in May and spending the summer featuring in the line up of some of the best festivals, Judas are taking no prisoners when it comes to making an impression. They are gaining a reputation as a band that you simply must see and I was lucky enough to catch their set at Isle of Wight Festival this year and have become a big fan! 


With a repetoire of tracks they have written themselves, these extreamly talented musicians are set for big things. They have recently released “Some People” with their video now available to take a look at. 

John Clancy dominates the performance each time he takes to stage and the rest of the lads put in so much energy and passion that they could easily be mistaken for rock n roll veterans who had been doing the circuit for many years. Judas have the skill to control a show and the audience whether it be a small initimate gig or a large set up. Their stage presence is mesmerising and with hard hitting, anthemic music it is no wonder that they are regulars on the festival scene.

  

Listening to their tracks, a firm favorite of mine is “Love is the enemy.” The impeccible vocals and smooth guitar mixed with the perfect bass and punchy drum beat are a prime example of the timeless melodies that they are producing. 


Opening the mainstage at Reading Festival on the Friday and Leeds Festival on the Saturday this year, Judas are contining to build their fan base and prove to be the best that they can be. I cant wait to see them again!!

We look forward to hearing more from them and seeing some incredible sets in the very near future. 

http://www.readingfestival.com/

http://www.leedsfestival.com/tickets-0

Eden Sessions

Once again I find myself at a Bastille gig but this time its in a venue I have never been to before. Eden Project.

Tucked away in a quarry near St. Austell, Eden Project sits amongst fantastically maintained gardens with imposing biomes filled with different natural environments. The tranquil and relaxing atmosphere creates a perfect day out with plenty to see and do across the site however every summer, an outdoor arena is set up to create an out of this world musical experience unlike no other.


Eden Sessions is a festival without mud and wellies, a series of gigs performed outside no matter what the weather. June has a tendancy to be unpredictable with the elements but since we are amidst a heatwave, this session couldnt have been any better. With temperatures souring we made our way through the main entrance, there was no queues (which was a bonus) and after the security checks we headed down towards the biomes.

I have been to many gigs and festivals and this is by far the most well organised I have ever been to. There are pleny of staff on hand to help and assist as required, different bars available including a cocktail bar in a courtyard garden, and access to the Eden Project restaurant for food. It was run so smoothly. The entire site is clean and tidy and all attendees have a mutual respect for their surroundings which is a novelty compared to other festivals i have been too!


The stage is located infront of the biomes with the majority laid to tarmac but with sloping grass to the back of the arena. We positioned ourself on the grass at the back in the knowledge that all areas are well positioned for great viewing. 

Cider in hand we were set ready for the support act. The arena started to fill up quite quickly but there was still adequate room for people to not feel claustrophobic. 7.45pm the INCREDIBLE Rationale came onto stage.

 

Tinashe Fazakerley, whose stage name is Rationale, treated us all to an wonderful soulful set full of power and passion. Having recently recieved public recognistion from Katy Perry, Rationale’s profile is increasing dramatically and it is thoroughly well deserved since he has put every ounce of his energy into his music and each performance he gives is incredible. His set was a great mix of his recent and older music and he was the perfect act to warm up the audience ready for the headliners to take to the stage. 


This was the second time I have seen Rationale live on stage and with a summer of various festivals and gigs including Victorious Festival, Southsea, I am looking forward to seeing him perform again.

With the sun going down the greatly anticipated Bastille took to the stage. It is a well known fact that I am a huge Bastille fan and in all honesty, I would always struggle to be able to critisise their sets. Now nearing the end of the Wild World tour, you would have though that the guys would be showing some signs of flagging yet each and every time I see them they continue to give 110%. The energy that goes into their sets is admirable whether it be in a 1 hour slot at a major festival or their own headline set like Eden Sessions, I feel that they put on a fantastic show.


The indie-pop band are renownded for their political connatations within their tracks and following recent events, the lyrics become more relevant then we would care to believe. Performing tracks from their second album, Wild Wild World, the likes of Warmth and The Currents rang around the arena with meaning, with the crowd joining in and singing lines such as “Hold me in this wild wild world” and “we’re living in the currents you create.” Lead singer Dan Smith made reference to the world as it is and how messed up everything is and the crowd lapped up these comments with everyone in total agreement to the points he was making.

 

We were treated to a great mix of tracks from both albums with Dan singing and jumping through the audience to Flaws. This was a real crowd pleaser with an array of cameras immediately being raised to grab photos of him as he was up close with fans of all ages. The singer is renowned for his admittance to being a poor dancer and as such jumping is the best he can do. Having been to many Bastille gigs, I am usually up front in the crowd getting fully involved with the jumping yet being sat at the back felt like being in a garden party with your family giving you strange looks when you start to leap around like a crazy person. 

To my delight, Dan soon took up his position just behind us on a small stage and encouraged every one to jump around to “Of the night” meaning that the previously reserved people around me soon loosened up and were getting involved with the atmosphere that had been going on at the very front all evening.

  
As the sun set, the lighting from the stage really set the performance off and with the biomes also being illuminated to match the stage lighting it looked perfect.


The gig was fantastic, the setting was idealic and having never been to an Eden Sessions before, I left with a sense of complete satisfaction.

Walking back up to the top of the quarry you could look back at the scenary which were now lit in such a way that everything looked magical. The biomes were now yellow and blue, the pathways were beautifully lines with lighting and the distant sound of fans singing on the way out and the buzz of everyones positive comments regarding the evening rung in the air.

Bastille were incredible, as always and cant wait to see them again across the summer.


A fantastic evening at an unlikely music venue and a location I would love to visit again.

http://www.readingfestival.com/reading-festival-2017-tickets

http://www.leedsfestival.com/tickets