Pre-Festival Party Friday 24th July 2015.
Steelhouse Festival is situated on a mountain, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. The stage and festival arena has a breath-taking view of the Welsh valleys and countryside. The festival is in its 5th year, growing more popular every year with previous bands like The Quireboys, TigerTailz, Feeder, The Answer, Saxon, The Temperance Movement, Blackstar Riders and Europe to name just a few. This year’s line-up including headliners UFO, Y&T, Dee Snider and Tyketto is proving to be the event of the summer.
This year they had a pre-festival party on Friday night which was open to all weekend ticket holders. Lawless and Buffalo Summer were sure to get you in the party mood. They also had Fuel Rock Club joining them with their DJ’s in the beer tent each night after the festival performances.
The Stoke-on-Trent quartet Lawless, started by thanking the small crowd for making it up the mountain in the pouring rain and kicked off the pre-festival party. For those that don’t know Lawless they are an old school 80’s influenced rock with a full on metal attitude with influences from Y&T, Saxon and Scorpions.
Even with a small and very wet crowd they certainly gave it their all, getting the crowd warmed up with songs from their first album “Rock Savage” including “Metal Time” and “Black Widow Ladies”. Moving into the second album playing the title track “Rise”, you certainly forgot you were in the middle of a bogged field in the pouring rain.
Unfortunately the weather got the better of them, cutting power during the middle of “SOS”. After a brief conversation with the audience and trying to keep us entertained they got the power back and finished with tracks from their current single “Seven Year Itch” and “Pretender”.
Finishing off the pre-festival party, Buffalo Summer! They played Steelhouse festival last year and obviously made an impression to be back.
From South Wales they haven’t had to travel too far to give us a night to remember with a modern sound with twists of southern and blues rock n roll. Songs from their self-titled album “Buffalo Summer” including “Down To The River”, “A Horse Called Freedom” and slowing it down slightly with “Ain’t No Other” had everyone rocking.
The local boys Jonny, Andrew, Gareth and Darren certainly felt at home rocking the mountain and even treated us to some new material (you will not be disappointed!).
Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.