Ginger Tom at Live in Barnsley

You know when you see a band you know are really good from what you’ve already heard and then you get there and the experience and vibe just makes it 10x better? Well that’s pretty much what it was when I went to see Ginger Tom.

For a couple of months now I’d seen a buzz going around about the band and listened to some of their music and was very impressed with what I heard, but I never really made it to a gig until I was lucky enough to be playing round the corner from them at Live in Barnsley so of course I wasn’t going to let that opportunity slip.

12650909_510740799107961_4554617002134844014_n.jpgI arrived at the Londoner where they were playing and it was heaving both outside and inside. The patio windows had been pushed open so the people who were stood outside the venue weren’t missing out on the music that was made from inside the venue. As soon as I got there you could tell that the crowd were really into them, either that or they were all their family…

You could see instantly how much of a close bond they all have with how comfortable they all seemed up on the stage. They allowed the audience to feel included whether it was just getting them to clap along or to choose whether it was a cover or an original they next did, of course the original choice won. The majority of the songs they did were originals but the also placed 2 well-chosen covers in there:

Life in The Dark


Bastille – Pompeii  

Hold Me Tonight

Are You Easy to Please? 

You need me – Ed Sheeran

Thought You’d Won

Never Be Enough

I would definitely go ahead and go see them at one of there next gigs, you will not be disappointed:11009114_429755543873154_3286749577699255721_n.jpg

27th July – Tramlines, Sheffield – Main Stage

17th September – T-Fest, Doncaster – Main Stage 


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The Dark LP

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of sharing a stage with some amazing bands; Nova Hands, The Dark LP, Dead Dollar Days and 48Hours. The band that I took a massive liking to was The Dark LP.  They don’t exactly fit into one genre. Their main sound is pretty much alternative rock with a hint of indie, reggae and punk so it has something for everyone.IMGP1509

Even though it is a small band of only 3 members (Alex Cairnes on lead vocals and guitar, Nick Doyle on backing vocals and bass and Rich Parker on drums) they are very tight and perform well together keeping the audience engaged. Their set list contained all original songs:



Middle Man


Where Do I Go


They were all catchy and different and there wasn’t a song that I wasn’t keen on. One that I particularly liked and haven’t got out of my head is their most recent release ‘Senseless‘ that they released earlier this year. With the upbeat rhythm its hard not to have a bit of a dance and sing along to, even if you didn’t know the lyrics you were able to pick some up along the way.

I got to have a chat with Alex and Nick as well as Adam Jerome, from the headline band 48hours, just after they played their set and they were easy to approach and had a good natter about how exactly we all came up with our band names, I guess not all bands have an amazing backing story behind their names! But I guess thats a story for them to tell.IMGP1511

I highly recommend going and catching The Dark LP at one of their upcoming gigs before they make it big time:

April 29th – Man Can’t Fly / Follow The Lion / The Dark LP / The Voodoo Bats , 360 Club, Leeds

May 29th –  Gildersome Beer & Music Festival 2016

June 18th – LIVE in Barnsley!

August 6th – Shadow Fest UK 2016 (TICKETS £4 IN ADVANCE)

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