Hafan y Mor Pwllheli – Stage 2 Friday 13.11.15.
Starting the weekend on Stage 2 were Highway to Hell joint winners Bigfoot, who had a good turnout to say it was early in the day and many were nursing hangovers from a late Thursday night. A good heavy set including the crowd’s favourite “Blame it on the Dog” which certainly woke you up and got you ready for the day ahead. Jay Hawkins also got to talk with the band and what a great bunch of guys they are!
The Dukes of Bordello have an unusual set up with a double bass but it created an amazingly unique sound that really did work. The Dukes describe themselves as “Rock ‘n ‘Roll troubadours” and “back to basics guitar driven Rock ‘n ‘Roll” and this describes them perfectly, a band to watch out for! Make sure you check out Jay’s interview with the band aswell.
With the crowd now refueled and despite the rain and gale force winds, stage 2 was getting busier and whilst I was interviewing, the afternoon kept the rockers happy with STAGS, Riot Horse, Skanska Mord, Dead City Ruins, Stone Kings, Nine Miles South and Hellion Rising.
After breaking down on a journey earlier this year, Wild Lies were not able to make the Steelhouse Festival, so I was happy to see they had managed to make the journey to Hard Rock Hell ok. The band went down well, with great guitar rifffs and audience interaction.
After chatting with the guys from Hellbound Hearts earlier, this was a band I was looking forward to hearing for the first time and they did not disappoint. Finishing with the bands favourite to play live, “Nancy’s House”, the crowd enjoyed them just as much as I did.
Headlining Stage 2 tonight were Black State Highway and the room was now full for this five piece female fronted band from Brighton and there was no doubt about it at all, the strong vocals of Liva Steinberga simply capitulated the audience.
The after show party saw Fireroad, a four Piece welsh rock band, finished the night in style. After more than twelve hours of music it’s hard to keep the crowd engaged and I was certainly tired by this point, but they gave it their all and put on a good show.
Review by Toni Reed with photography by Neil Reed Photography. Interviews by Toni Reed and Jay Hawkins.