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Twisted Ninja Presents

The Haygate Wellington Saturday 30th April 2016

Today marks the second day of Twisted Ninja’s Charity Weekender and what a day it looks set to be! The charity of choice is one close to home for this area, as the Telford Food Bank which is part of Telford Crisis Network has been providing vital support to many since it first opened in 2013, so this really is a worthy cause and a great chance to be giving something back to an organisation that is very much needed.

Telford Crisis Support

With ten great bands set to raise some much needed funds, The Mighty Wraith were first up and much credit going out to these guys for giving us such an energetic start to the day.

Matt Gore - The Mighty Wraith

Our second band for today were XVII who have been taking the metal scene by storm following on from their Metal 2 The Masses regional win last year and subsequent appearance at Bloodstock. Hell hath no fury quite like Vaughn Bennett in full flight and there was certainly no holding him back today!

Next up on stage were Lynus and I’m a big fan of these guys as they always make rock ‘n’ roll look easy and never fail to make that connection with their audience either. Today they definitely scored a big hit with one of the younger rockers in the audience, with the gift of their set list putting the biggest smile of the day on the face of one very happy little dude.

Justin Griffiths - Lynus

After seeing Cadence Noir performing a semi-acoustic set at last years charity weekender, I was very much looking forward to seeing today’s fully electric set from the band and they were definitely electric in every sense of the word. For those in the mood to dance, jig or just shake their thang, Cadence Noir were exactly what the doctor ordered!

Spreading The Disease or STD as they are affectionately known, are a band whose strong online presence is one that certainly grabs your attention and with this being the first time I’ve seen them live, I have to say that they also own the stage like a boss! Fronting the band is Adam May and whether he be on stage or pacing in front of it, his adrenaline packed persona was relentless. If you haven’t caught the band live yet, make sure you do – you won’t be disappointed.

Ju Riquelme and Steve Saunders - Spreading The Disease

Another band who I’ve heard a lot about but not seen live before were Ronin and whether they’re performing their own material or giving a blinding interpretation of someone else’s song, these guys give 110% on stage. Kit Kinrade on lead vocals brought the kind of energy and enthusiasm to the room that left a lasting impression which in my opinion, made Ronin one of the highlights of my day.

Next up and hailing from the South West of the country were CAMBION and if you want to experience metal that is intensely savage yet bares a melodic soul, then here we have a band that you really need to check out. CAMBION will be clocking up even more miles over the next couple of months with a great list of live dates up and down the country – including The Boardie Takeover at this years Download, so do make sure to check them out first chance you get.

Frank Dennis - Cambion

With only three bands left to play on a day that has truly shone, Hells Addiction were next up and quickly set about delivering some heavy rock of the hardest variety. There is a very strong undertone in their music that ricochets through the same veins as AC/DC and you really can’t fail to enjoy that!

Daylight Robbery were our penultimate band of the day and along with a great catalogue of heavy melodic rock, they also brought a hardcore group of loyal fans with them who certainly know how to enjoy themselves. Daylight Robbery truly have a style and panache that is worthy of such accolade and are a band that I shall definitely be making a point of seeing again!

Tony Nicholl - Daylight Robbery

With the planned end of day having been and gone, no-one was clock watching as our headlining band for today Voodoo Sioux were still yet to play and these guys are so captivating on stage and play such great rock‘n’roll that the party isn’t over until they say so. The bands set went down a storm with The Haygate’s audience, so much so in fact that they played ‘one last song’ twice and if you want to end a great day on a massive high, then Voodoo Sioux are a band guaranteed to do just that.

Nick Flaherty - Voodoo Sioux

Saturday was definitely been a great day to overdose on rock and metal and how Sunday will top that I don’t know but one thing for sure, it still ain’t over yet!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.