The first week of Summer Sessions was approaching fast, my mind was on overdrive. I’d booked over 20 bands, set up Facebook pages, organised artwork, posters, flyers and now I had to spread the word. Most events have big budgets and months to promote themselves, I had no budget and only had a few weeks!
On Friday night before the first week, I was on Park Green giving out flyers , when I received a text I really didn’t want to read. The Blind drivers, one of the bands due to play on first Thursday had to drop out. Several drinks and abusive texts later(I apologised in the morning, as they did have a genuine reason for cancelling!) I calmed down. I still knew it would all come together as the others bands, Infidel Castro and The Reign had contacted me a few days earlier and we’re buzzing about playing.
2am, 7th July – surrounded by cables and speakers in bits, I was having a crash roadie course. Steve, the head DJ at Fresh was putting the PA system up and showing me how it all pieced together. It sounded awesome….
6.30pm 7th July – Week 1 of Summer Sessions – I drove into the car park opposite Fresh and spotted the 2 bands hanging around their cars amidst guitars, amps, drums and cases. Within an hour or so we were ready ….it was just a question of waiting for people to turn up! I knew the word was getting around about the event and sure enough people started to drift through the doors. It could have been busier, but I was still happy that we had a reasonable crowd.
10pm 7th July – Infidel Castro take the stage…. I’ve spent countless hours selecting the bands playing over the 8 weeks. Most of the bands playing are Indie/Rock with a few twists to keep it Fresh(pardon the pun!). When I first booked Infidel Castro I wasn’t sure how well they’d go down, as the band only formed this earlier year. Within 10 minutes any reservations had disappeared, I’d describe them as a quirky band, that show great promise. I enjoyed the set which was mostly their own material, Sweet Heart, Serial Chiller and Simon were particular tracks that were both catchy and memorable. Infidel Castro have already played Manchester Academy, Beached Festival and Crewe Live – so they’re working hard to make a name for themselves. The guys are in the recording studio this month, so I’d keep an eye out for them on the Macc circuit over the next few months.
11pm 7th July – The Reign take the stage….The biggest appeal of the Summer Sessions line up is the great mix of both local bands and bands from all around the country. I picked the Reign to play the first night as I wanted to show off the high standard of bands we have on the line up. They have a ‘define’ edge to their music and have an energy that draws the crowd to them and by the end of the first song had grabbed the attention of everyone in the club including the bar staff. To sum up the whole performance id simply say ’Bloody Awesome’.
This is my first write up for the Summer Sessions Gigs. I’ll keep you updated for the next 7 weeks, but Id prefer it if you just came down and enjoyed it in person! I also wanted to say a big thanks to everyone that came down and all the staff at Fresh(as everyone pitched in to help), this event just wouldn’t happen without your support.
If you missed the first week, don’t make the same mistake twice! We have some real gems on the line up, The Tasers and Control Is Dead are due to perform this Thursday 14th July – bands will start about 10pm… see you there.