Rocksector Records 6th SOS Festival took place on 20th & 21st July 2013 with 2 days of the best Rock and Metal bands around, this is a personal view from the Roxx’s…
This year we thought we’d have a change from the hotels nearby and parked our van up on a free car park next to the venue, Radcliffe Civic Hall. As with most festivals it’s not just the great music, but a social event to meet up with fellow rock fans, this we did straight away before even entering the venue!
Not expecting the festival to start dead on time we missed the first ten minutes of Spill Sixteen, but then spent an enjoyable half hour of bluesy rock music done professionally and expertly by the talented opening band. Already I was hyper and bouncing around! This was our 3rd festival of the year, all indoors so far, on an incredibly hot day and already we were suffering in the heat, so off we trotted outside to socialise.
Maybe that is a problem with an indoor festival on hot days is the number of people still hanging around outside between bands. We tried to see a little if not all of the bands so I was glad I caught some of the excellent Afterdown & Eocene.
The venue decided to leave the doors open due to the heat so you could still hear the great music from out front on the grass verges. An added bonus with the SOS festival are the wonderful acoustic performances by bands at intervals between the main stage bands. This doesn’t give much time for beer and toilet breaks but we did manage to see and hear John Doyle who sounded great.
Next up was a band that the Roxx’s have enjoyed on a few occasions now, from seeing them a few years ago in pubs to now blowing away fans on bigger stages. Massive Wagons are a hugely entertaining live band, who we always look forward to seeing. We think they added some new fans again from a momentous performance of pure rock & roll & metal. With energy in abundance they ripped through some cracking songs off their debut album, played a couple of new songs which sounded fantastic, with the odd cover thrown in you need to see this band. Expect these guys to be playing at big festivals all over Europe pretty soon.
Well that was the Roxx’s worn out and very sweaty and ready for bed! Well maybe just a rest, some beers and hanging out with friends, would see us recuperated in time for Fantasist. But wait a minute a couple of the JD & the FDCs guys were punking it up and rocking out brilliantly on the acoustic stage. So as we sang out the chorus of ‘Burn this City Down’ we literally turned around to the extravagantly manic Fantasist dressed in morph outfits! As usual these talented musicians added fun and laughs to their show.
Any complaints? Yes, there was just too much going on! so we didn’t catch full sets by any other bands on Saturday apart from Exit State. What more can we say about this tremendous band? We made sure we had drinks in hand, had our toilet breaks and headed down to the front! As per the Roxx’s at an Exit State gig we had our own little party, singing and dancing along to another wonderful show. Perhaps it would have been better for us if they had headlined because we left the venue shattered and soaked in sweat, so headed back to our van and fell asleep! Only to be woken up by friends on their way home and certain band members trying bra’s on in our van!
Sunday got off to disappointing start as we realised that we had lost the camera, not worth a great deal but it was full of splendid photos and videos from the previous day. Being a heavier metal day on the main stage, we knew we would be enjoying a rather acoustic day!
All 4 of the Exit State boys played beautifully for us, even better than the electric set? ‘And She Said‘, yes we were blown away by our first ever full Exit State acoustic set. That was followed by Mr & Mrs Roxx’s best band of the day on the main stage I.C.O.N Heavy Metal played just how I like it, fast & hard, with especially wild guitar solo’s!
I made sure I caught Sweet Taste as I’d only seen a bit of them on Saturday. Well worth not hanging outside socialising as they were excellent.
Around this time another band I saw in full for the first time was the gothic Sinnergod, again great vocals and musicianship kept me mesmerised. Now I think I was rather drunk by this time and think we wandered around and hung out by the van partying, but always with one eye on the clock before we headed back in to catch another highlight to any show, that is Fantasist acoustic.
A really nice touch was that the main stage was renamed the Dean Hocking stage in memory of Nightvision bassist who tragically lost his life last year, there was also a fitting tribute in the first-rate free programme. Also we would like to add what a splendid sound there was throughout the weekend and the organisation was truly perfect and professional. Top marks again to the Rocksector people and anybody else that were involved in putting on a fabulous SOS show.