Saturday 13th July 2013
Gig 1 – The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
The time of year is upon once again to take Sacre Noir on the road and we kicked off the tour in style with a gig in Edinburgh’s most ‘haunted’ pub!
The Banshee Labyrinth on Niddry Street is a very cool little venue (which also houses a cinema and multiple bars) and we were there not only to start the summer shenanigans but also to support Llynette for her debut LP launch.
With a full bill the night starts prompt at 7pm with Tom Coyne (guitar / vocals) a singer / songwriter based in Edinburgh who describes his musical style as “A unique combination of traditional folk music, blues, and contemporary acoustic with an alternative twist”. Playing a mix of covers and originals he seemed like a good choice for the opening act – nothing too heavy or miserable and he had a good rapport with the crowd that was steadily building so everyone seemed happy.
Next up was Little Love & The Friendly Vibes (as a duo for the evening) to provide a little laughter and some ‘fun pop’. I’ve seen this band in various guises over the last year and they never fail to amuse me. I love their banter as much as the tunes, which are a bit punk and a bit pop, but not really faithful to anything or anyone.
Sacre Noir play next, and by this point the venue was very hot and full of music loving locals who’ve turned out en-mass to support this event. We play a pretty rocking set of tracks from the new LP plus “Spin (Another Lie)” from the debut album and our cover of the Chase & Status track “Time”. The crowd were really great and got into our set from the first beat to the last. Phil & Alexis were on fine form too and with the return of my recently repaired mini Kaoss pad and a new additions to the set up for this tour (Korg KP3+ and Roland SPD30) we left the stage feeling pretty happy with tonight’s show.
After us was the Glasgow based acoustic rock band Hot Jupiter (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Vocals & Violin). I really enjoyed their set, which was a mix of catchy rock / country style tracks. I also really liked vocalist’s tone and style – fairly unique around these parts. The whole band played with confidence and flair and I’ll definitely be checking out their live show again.
Last but by no means least was tonight’s headline act – Llynnette. Playing for a full hour to promote her debut LP ‘Battery Powered’, the flame-haired songstress and her band certainly gave the crowd what they’d come for… a great rock show!
The set featured choice cuts from the new LP, plus a selection of covers and tracks from previous outfit Storm In A D Cup. The set was full of dynamics with some lovely quieter moments, but for me (and I’m pretty sure the rest of the crowd) the best moments were those when the band really let lose and went full pelt on the more heavy tracks.
Lynette had prepared a DJ set for after the live acts and as this was starting I manned the merchandise stall and chatted to the punters – everyone had a great night!
We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Lynette for inviting us to support her for the album launch & to everyone who came out to support the event. Really was a great way to start this years tour.

Next gig: Monday 15th July @ Box in Glasgow (FREE)


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