087 – Sacre Noir: Back in the ‘Burgh

Posted: September 15, 2014 in live music Edinburgh
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Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
Sunday 7th September – Your Next Favourite Band

End of Festival fireworks 2014

End of Festival fireworks 2014

The Fringe Festival has ended and life in Edinburgh returns to normal…
It was lovely to be back in Henry’s Cellar Bar; we’ve not played a show there for over 6 months & we do love the venue. We were invited to play as the guest band at one of their ‘Your Next Favourite Band’ nights and we definitely picked a cracker. The deal is that new bands compete for your vote by putting on their best 30-minute showcase. Entry is free and you get two votes just for turning up. Every time you buy a drink you get another vote. The two acts with the most votes on the night go through to the grand final, where they play again for the chance to win £250. Our job on the night was to perform during the vote count and finish the evening in style after the winners are announced.

Henry's Cellar Bar

Henry’s Cellar Bar

First up was a young duo from Livingstone called ‘Premeditated’. The set was based firmly in the ‘indie rock’ roots of song writing, and with a few more live shows under their belt (and maybe a bass player) I’m sure they’ll build themselves a good following.

Premeditated

Premeditated

Next we were treated to local experimental rock act ‘Eat Meater’. Their line-up included drums, bass, guitar, vocals and violin so they certainly provided a change in direction from the first act. With two ex-Academy of Music & Sound students in this band I was expecting good things…. They got through to the final.

Eat Meater

Eat Meater

The final act of the evening competing for votes was female rap artist Haylee G with her band ‘Hayznjayz n this n that’ who were formed on the day of the heat. Hayley’s band split up just a week before this showcase, so she got together with friends who (without rehearsal) provided live drums and extra backing vocals for her set… They got through to the final.

Haylee G & friends

Haylee G & friends

All in all it was a good night – there was the obvious air of ‘the more friends you bring to support you the more chance there is of you winning’ but there were also people in the audience who were clearly in just to see some live music, so the vibe was really friendly. Our sound engineer for the evening was the marvellous Nora and the host was Wallet, so we were in good hands.
The final is September the 28th and I can’t wait to see the rest of the acts and find out who will be THE next favourite band.

We’ll be back at Henry’s Cellar Bar before then though. On September 18th we will be performing as part of the Referendum Meltdown party, alongside some of our favourite Edinburgh bands including P.A.L, Bat-Bike and The Incendiary Bats. After the day’s historic events, our vote on Scottish Independence, before the results are counted and verified, we shall be partying like it’s 1997 (devolution)… fingers crossed for new brighter future whatever the outcome.

Referendum Meltdown Party - Thursday 18th September 2014

Referendum Meltdown Party – Thursday 18th September 2014

Everyone is welcome so come on down and join us for the biggest night of the year!

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