Lostock Sports & Social Club 30th August 2015.
Taking over a social club in Northwich, RockWich is claiming to be the greatest one day live Rock event in the North West and with fifteen bands, this is an almighty twelve hour rock extravaganza. Trade stalls, food and drink and for those travelling, there is a free campsite so it was a day not to be missed. Jam-packed with bands, the only downside was the running times and with only thirty minutes for each band, it didn’t take long for the running times to get behind. A few technical difficulties throughout the day didn’t help either so I personally would have preferred a few less bands giving their sets a little longer. The top three bands did however have 45 minutes, which I found better as you had time to get into the bands set and enjoy it.
HYBRID.9 – Opening up RockWich, this four piece band are from South Cheshire and take their influences from Stone Sour, Muse and Queens of the Stone Age. James, Kyle, Keith and James say fans can expect Hybrid.9 to deliver hard-edged original material and the sounds of everyone’s favourite songs, interpreted into a new and original sound.
Playing “The Devils Son” from their first EP, Hybrid.9 got the small crowd foot tapping and head thumping early on in the day and by the time they finished their set with “Walking After You” from their new EP “Hidden Inside”, the crowd were fuelled up and ready for a day of rock.
12 Gauge are a four piece band from the North-West, formed in 2012 who play heavy melodic rock. J Michael Ward, Lew Hornby, Andrew Waite and Graham Bennett take their influences from both new and old bands, with a sound that is a mix of modern and classic rock.
The band were a real crowd pleaser, playing heavy, aggressive and thumping metal with songs “Touch Me”, “Take Me Back” and “Hell to the Morning” taken from their debut album “All In”. They had the growing crowd on their feet, clapping their hands and singing along. A bass casualty stopped play but Gemma from LYXX stepped up and let Andy borrow hers for the rest of the set.
LYXX where the crowned winners of the Manchester Hard Rock Rising competition in 2012 and are a four piece hard rock all girl band from the North East. Steph, Gemma, Emma and Izzy had an amazing energy on stage with the crowd and themselves loved every minute of it whilst belting out “You’re Boyfriends A Bit Of A Dick” and a great cover of “Twisted Sister’s, We’re Not Going To Take It”. Unfortunately this was their last gig, as the girls have decided to call it a day as a four piece.
See my interview with the girls to find out what’s next for them.
SPIRAL DIVE were next and by now the party was well and truly rocking. They formed in 2000 and have since played 1000’s of gigs with their own unique sound of old school metal. Playing only original material that is written and recorded by themselves, they kept the party rocking with crowd pleasing metal songs “Voodoo”, “Keep Me Numb” and “Traitors Gates”.
ORANGEFALL are a five piece melodic hard rock band are from South Wales. The band have been playing locally for around fourteen years with a mix of original songs and classic covers. Jason who is also a member of “Rage of Angels” has performed alongside Europe, The Answer and Primal Fear and Matt has also toured with “The Circus of Horrors” throughout the UK and also with Dr & The Medics.
Playing hard, heavy rock songs including “Brand New Morning” and “Social Vampire”, ORANGEFALL kept the crowd rocking and wanting more.
CHASING DRAGONS are a female fronted hard rock band from Leeds. Formed in 2011 Tank, Kate, Murf and Mitch take their influences from Halestorm, Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Jack Off Jill, Tenacious D, Bullet For My Valentine and Reckless Love, to name just a few.
Unfortunately, Chasing Dragons had a few technical difficulties to begin with but Tank did not let that ruin their set. Belting out “Throw Down Your King” and the crowd did as they were told and banged their heads. Tank had an amazing energy, coming out onto the floor to dance, sing and engage with the crowd. Slowing things down with “The Last Defence”, Tank took to a stool in the middle of the crowd and finishing with “Broken Jaws” they finished loud and heavy!
THEIA founded in 2012, a hard rock three piece band from Burton Upon Trent. With their current line up being a feature since 2014, THEIA have gone from strength to strength with their debut album “Take the Pill” available for pre-order now.
Despite it being the guys third gig this weekend, they bought their ‘A’ game with their new single “Ride On” from their debut album going down very well with the crowd. Kyle has such an amazing stage presence, talking and joking with the crowd and you can tell he is thoroughly enjoying himself. Finishing with the crowds favourite sing along “Whoop Dee Fucking Doo”, Kyle came out off stage to mingle with the crowd.
See my interview with THEIA to see what’s next for the lads.
Having seen seven bands so far and with still more to come, please make sure you check out Part two of my review aswell.
Review by Toni Reed and Photography By Neil Reed.