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Keeping it Real. Mosborough Music Festival.

23 Aug

Vivid Riot is proud to present a feature on the Mosborough Music Festival.

When it comes to festivals we happily like to champion the independent spirit that lacks at the major festivals that we see in the UK each year.

Events that take place ever year that charge extortionate prices for tickets, beer and camping which essentially drains the very essence of these types of gatherings. Thankfully, there are still some people willing to put on music festivals for the music and people that want to hear something different

Mosborough Music festival has all the right ideas. Low ticket prices, cheap drinks, and just as important, bands that are there for all the right reasons. It’s not about who’s making NME into Smash Hits yet again this week. It’s much more than that!

MMF have showcased the talents of Reverend and the Makers, Section 60, Cockney Rejects, Modern Faces and musicians that deserve a platform that may be new on the scene. It’s diverse, different and daring, surely that’s an ethos that other festival organizers should take on board. So… Bring on the next one!

It’s time to ask festival organizer Steve Cowens more about MMF and what’s behind the event.

Firstly, tell us more about Mosborough music festival. 

Mosborough music festival, Sheffield, is now 4 festivals old, last June we raised its profile by having two stages, camping and 26 bands on live. we also booked household names in Reverend & the Makers, Paul Heaton and Neville Staple. We have now moved away from it just being a local festival which it started out as, we have people coming from all over the country now as our festival is very good value, high quality and we also keep bar prices to a minimum.
Where did the idea for the festival come from?
The festival started 4 years ago after a very good mate of mine committed suicide and left a 5 year old son behind. I organised a fun day with football matches and a few bands on to raise some money to put in a trust fund for his son, it was so well attended I was asked to do it annually so that’s where Mosborough Music Festival was born. Over the years we have raised over 15k for various charities.
crowd mosborough
Which acts have stood out for you at the events you have put on so far?
Reverend & the Makers were awesome this year, as was Paul Heaton. Bad Manners smashed it last year and had everyone dancing and The Beautiful South were something else in our first year. Its just not about the household names though, I check out local talent and up and coming bands around the country. I had a lad on called John Lennon McCullagh this year, he’s only 15 but he’s one talented lad, so much so that Alan Magee (old creation records founder and manager of Oasis) has signed John up to a 3 album record deal. The quality on show at this years festival was unreal, Exit Calm, The Darlingtons, Two ‘n’ Eights, Bedroom Hour, The Rainband and Marquis Drive came to play from all corners of the country. We also had local bands on which included Sheffield music icons Jon Windle (Little man Tate) and John Reilly (Boy on a Dolphin), couple this with some great young bands in The Sherlocks, Sabella and Section 60 and we had one hell of a line up. I was that impressed by Sabella that we have signed them up and have so far got them support slots with The Enemy, Reverend & the Makers, Paul Heaton and Catfish and the Bottlemen. We have big hopes for Sabella as they are so fresh and talented.
reverend 2 mosborough
Reverend and the Makers – Doing it live.
Any acts you’d love to have on the bill that have not yet played?
Because I’m very old school I’d love to have Cast, The Farm, Happy Mondays or Inspiral Carpets etc on. In fact we are in talks with a couple of these bands so fingers crossed. I’d also love to have The Enemy, The Twang, Missing Andy or Shed 7 on, I like bands that have a football type following.
What events/gigs do you have coming up?
We’ve got a cracking event coming up in November, it’s at Doncaster Dome on the 29th. we got The Enemy, Reverend & the Makers, Section 60, John Lennon McCullagh, Sabella, The Sherlocks, The Barristers and The 48k’s all playing under one roof. Its only £22 a ticket (That’s a cracking deal. Ed.) and its selling really well.
622FD New Enemy & Rev & Makers A3
We’ve also just hosted a festival at Don Valley in Sheffield called The United Colours of Music Festival, We had UB40, The Beat, Missing Andy, Neville Staple, Cockney Rejects, The Toasters, The Lambretta’s, Talisman, Lee Thompson and the Skatalites to name but a few. The Skatalites flew in from Jamaica, they were the originators of SKA music and their set was outstanding. Next year the United Colours of Music festival will be a Brit-pop theme and we are hoping to have The Charlatans headline it.
It’s not just music events we do, we’ve got an evening with Danny Dyer in December and an event called the class of 92, its the Sheffield United team that beat Manchester United 2-1 in the first game when the premiership was formed, Brian Deane scored the first ever premiership goal that day. I’m a big Blades fan (for my sins!). We are also promoters of Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band (the band that the film Brassed Off was based on) and look after a few shows for them, we recently did a performance for Gwyneth Paltrow after Chris Martin (Coldplay) had booked us. We’ve got quite close to Chris, he’s a top bloke, really down to earth so hopefully an acoustic set at Mosborough could happen.
What has the response been like to the events you have put on so far?
The atmosphere at Mosborough has to be seen top be behold, everyone gets in great spirits and in 4 years we have had no trouble what-so-ever, it’s brilliant to see people having such a great time. We keep things cheap as possible and our bar is probably the cheapest festival bar you will see. The thing with Mosborough is it helps charities, Last year we flew a little lad called Reece Winterbottom to Disney Land Florida on his 8th Birthday. Reece had just lost his 30 year old mum to cancer and then two months later he got diagnosed with a brain tumour. He was 5 months in hospital and it was touch and go, watching Reece, his dad and two brothers fly out from Manchester airport was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so no matter how good our events are I’m always looking at ways to improve them, I get on my own tits at times with how I am. My pals laugh at my ways, they always remind me of the day the Sunday football team I run won 5-1 against a promotion rival, I kept them in the changing room for ten minutes after the match giving them a bollocking for conceding a late goal coz they’d got the billy-big-bollocks on. The response we get from our events is always positive. Long may that be.
Anything else you would like to add?
Yeah, Peace and love to all. X

Casuals Live. Post gig feature and trailer.

28 Nov

On the 10/11/2012 The Garage Highbury, one of the Mean Fiddler’s most prestigious venues, played host to the Casuals Live event. To say there was expectation in the air is an understatement. Vivid Riot Promotions and best-selling author and award-winning documentary maker Cass Pennant spent six weeks planning, promoting and organising this event, which was the very first of its kind.

A page from the gig programme

Bringing together four bands from across the UK, with four different styles, everyone at this event had one thing in common – A connection to the football casual scene and a love of music. A scene where music, clothing and diversity are always in abundance, this was the perfect combination for a gig with a difference.

As soon as the doors opened, the beer was flowing and the conversations were buzzing. The expectancy was electric and as DJ Dan Nolan span the first tunes of his DJ set, the smiles on everyone’s’ faces told a thousand stories. There were people from different football clubs, different walks of life and with very differing tastes but with thing uniting everybody– A love for culture on many different levels.

The job of opening Casuals Live went to Southend’s Plastic Youth. “Animal Style’ fizzed from the PA system and from the offset PY had people swaying to their brand of powerful literate Shoegaze. It was only a short set from PY but with the three songs they played, they certainly left their mark on the crowd. ‘Death Row’ finished a set with well-honed perfection. Job done and the event was well under way.

When it came to picking a band that lived and breathed the Casual scene, second band on the night, Reading’s Violet Class were a perfect choice. These lads live and breathe football culture. Kitted out in all the right clobber and Reading season ticket holders, they certainly looked the part but would their music be as smart as they looked?

Violet Class – Sound Check

Any questions about this bands music were answered after the band’s opener charged into life. ‘Socks on Shoes’ had hints of Ride and The La’s but also made you think, fuck, these boys have something special. The dancing at the front of the stage also put to bed any doubts that people would be standing still tonight – I only say that, because I fancied a boogie myself.

As the first chords of ‘Six Penny Step’ were strummed on the guitar the crowd broke out into rabid applause, this was a song that a lot of people were familiar with and were waiting for. Violet Class delivered the perfect rendition of the song and did themselves and their fans proud, whilst winning over of a whole host of new admirers along the way. Smart and to the point, Violet Class are going places.

Cass, gig programme, Section 60 and a Blue Collar.

As the beer carried on flowing and the DJ Dan Nolan continued to spin the tracks, every single person in the audience was now in full motion and had their dancing shoes on. I spoke to people who had travelled from as far away as Scotland and Dorset and many other places that showed how much dedication interest this event had created.

By the time The Blue Collars took to the stage, the area in front of the stage was now packed. “Alright, we’re The Blue Collars, from Stoke.” I actually thought that the buzz in the air couldn’t get anymore electric but I was very wrong. ‘This Old Town’ has had over 6000 views on You Tube and the prospect of hearing this popular song first was the best way for TBC to kick off. As soon as the song ended, applause rang out across the whole venue and people started pushing even closer to the front of the stage. The audience just wanted to feel a part of everything that was going on and The Blue Collars were more than happy to welcome them with open arms.

The Blue Collars

Melodic, angry and thought provoking are some of the words I would use to describe TBC but seriously, you have to see this band live to get the full range of emotions and intensity. They have the songs, the banter and the confidence to go very far and by the time they finished an exhilarating version of ‘Agree to Disagree’ the crowd were going crazy. Cass Pennant took to the microphone, “That was heavy duty or what?” The roar from the crowd was deafening and the sound of the whole audience singing, “Blue, Blue Collars” was cue for an encore. The Blue Collars closed their set with ‘The Dance One’ and front stage was a mass of jumping and clapping bodies. They came, they conquered. Enough said. Not bad for a support band, eh?

I actually felt sorry for Sheffield’s Section 60. I thought, how the fuck are they going to follow what has gone before them. I have been a fan of this band for some time and could tell straight away that they were here to do the business. “They have to raise the bar after The Blue Collars”, announced Cass Pennant and the boys came out in fighting mood and looked as smart as fuck.

Section 60 live.

‘Gunslingers’ the first tack in S60’s set has a bass line that gets into the very soul of you and could make a snail on valium stand to attention. The boys were back in London town and this time they are taking no prisoners.

When it comes to anthems, S60 walk with the likes of The Verve, Puressence and Oasis and they stand just as tall. Having one band that can move a crowd would have been incredible butting having four is testament of the young talent that is emerging from all over the UK and S60 stand at the forefront of this.

Section 60 and a full house.

‘The North Will Rise Again’ saw S60 bring the roof down. Anthemic, poetic and fucking ballsy, this track represents S60 perfectly. A performance this good only comes from years of practice and bundles of talent. A perfect end to a perfect night.

Cass Pennant, looked moved as he took to the microphone and announced that the whole thing had blown him away. I have to echo this sentiment. If you ask anyone who was at Casuals Live they will tell you that it was “A very special night to remember.”

Cass Pennant bringing the evening to a close.

Here is a you tube video that captures Casuals Live in all its glory.

Before I end this piece I would like to say a few thanks to people that made the night happen and also made it very special.

Thanks to our sponsors 80’s Casuals Classics and Peaceful Hooligan. Also to the following people – Jeff, Dan Nolan, Helen T, Jake, Nick S, Dave R, Mick Habeshaw Robinson, Jim Benner, Gemma, Mean Fiddler, Alex T, Vicky, Casual Way of Life, Jela, Kul Britannia, Street Sounds magazine Distant Echo, Cal, Clarkie, Dave E, Kate, all the bands on the night, and everyone who shared our event online and of course to every single one of you that came to the gig on the night. This will not be the last of this… Vivid Riot Promotions and Cass Pennant.

“Just listen to the songs because at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.” – Section 60

23 Aug

We’re Section 60 a five piece guitar band from Sheffield. That’s right guitar, I suppose we could get shot these days for saying that word but fuck it, we are what we are and we ain’t going to change for fucking trends.”

“Anyway like we said, we’re Section 60 so just listen to the songs because at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.”

I agree whole heartedly with the above sentiments but Section 60 are much more than a “five piece guitar band from Sheffield”. Section 60 create big fuck off anthemic slabs of indie rock ‘n’ roll.

In this day and age, for some bands it’s hard to get anthemic songs right. Luckily, bands including Section 60, along with Puressence and Oasis do it with ease and conviction. On the flipside, you get bands like Nickleback or Bon Jovi whose sentimental bollocks makes toes curl and vomit rise. I have come to the conclusion that Section 60 are masters of the reputable anthem; put those lighters away, now.

‘Is this our day in the Sunshine’ is the first track on Section 60’s eponymous debut release and it exudes huge melodies, choruses, guitars, drums and vocals. What an opener. Think a sly wink to Oasis and a bow to The Verve and you’ll get the drift.

‘Reputation’ has a massive Puressence influence and reminds me of their track ‘Pallisades’. It’s not a rip off, just a swaggering monster of a song that again gives a nod to an influence of Section 60. A song for whacking up loud, opening a beer, and getting ready for a big night out.

Second Track on this debut release, ‘Soul Uncensored’ is the stand out track for me. Amazing vocals, big hooks  on the guitar and the chorus when measured would be the musical equivalent of lying down under a stampede of one hundred elephants. This is one big fucker of a song, beware.

‘Is this our day in the sunshine’  has some great delicate moments as well, despite being a proper lads band, they can tug the old heartstrings. The musicianship and production is spot on and the vocals are upfront and melodic. When I want an album of good vibes, good song crafting and is also a pick me up, I know which one I will be reaching for– Well done Section 60, ‘Is this our day in the Sunshine’ is an album to cherish and be very proud of.

Here’s a Vivid Riot interview with the lads from Section 60.

Hello lads, let’s start at the beginning. Who are Section 60? And how did the band form?

Addy: We got together a couple of years ago but only been a serious outfit since Summer 2011, thats when Kyle(drummer) joined the band.

Chris: Me and Addy(Rhythm Guitar) had been going to gigs together for years and been into the local music scene in Sheffield but thought it lacked a proper lads rock and roll outfit and we could not see where one was going to come from.

Smit: It always seems to be across the penines where all the best bands come form

Addy: Myself and Chris (Singer) got banned from football for allegedly being involved in football violence so I borrowed my Dad’s old guitar and decided to try to learn a few chords and make a band up. Chris was straight in on vocals even though he had never sung with a mic before not even on a karaoke!!!

Smit: I found out they had made a band up and I joined without asking, I just said I am in your band now on lead guitar and they were all like, “Yeah, sound!” Luke (Bass) lived around corner from Chris and he had been sacked from The Stoops for being a drunken idiot so we thought he’d do for us!

Addy: Kyle lives in Derbyshire and we found him running round after sheep with some drumsticks in his hands and seeing as we had lost our old drummer, we did our bit for the community and he completed the band.

Why did you pick the name Section 60?

Chris: I came up with the name because of a banning from football which lead us to forming the band. Section 60 is a stop and seach order by the police at football matches, this happened many times over the years to me & Addy. We thought it had a ring to it and a lot better than the original name which was taken from WWE Wrestiling “Velocity”

What are your musical influences?

Chris: To me it’s bands like Joy Division, The Cure and definitely Puressence, from Manchester. We’ve ripped off everybody in our practice room at some stage, I mean Noel Gallagher made a career out of it and also made no secret of it, which I think is sound. 

Addy: Manchester band Puressence,  Northern indie bands for me and obviously Beatles!!

Luke: My influences are Guitar bands, northern soul, mod, Beatles, Oasis, Verve etc 

What have the band released to date and roughly how many gigs have you played?

Smit: We’ve released our debut album ‘Is This Our Day In The Sunshine’ and a couple of singles ‘Elysium’ and ‘Diamonds’ and the response has been amazing, We have also been giving away our newer tracks through downloads and CDs at our gigs, Its about spreading the word and growing.

Kyle: I’ve only been with the band for 12 months but weve been at it all over the country, from Newcastle to London. We’ve done about 50 gigs over the past twelve months and the lads have over 200 under their belts. It’s all about putting on a good show and hard graft.

How would you describe the Section 60 sound?

Luke: Anthemic guitar tunes that get you in the mood for wherever you want to be, from chilled out on your settee to being fucked on the dance floor.

Chris: A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Give us a listen!

What has been the funniest moment of being in the band so far?

Luke: I don’t really have a stand out funny moment, but when flying back from our gigs in Berlin I was stopped by the baggage bloke because he saw something in a bag I had, it turned out I had someone else’s bag full of liquid Viagra. I don’t know the German for ‘filthy bastard’ but I think there’s a universal face for it, I got that face.

Chris: We did a gig at Hope & Anchor in Islington, We got down early and went on the piss all day ordered a load of “That” and by the time we went on stage, we were off our nuts. I forgot all the words and we played shit but had a good fucking laugh about it. A couple of us went to Barfly in Camden after and when we got back to the digs one of the lads was sat smoking a joint with a cyclist who had giving him a backy  from where he`d been at, The Bike was even in the room!

I would say that you are pretty much a “guitar band” in terms of your approach. Do you like any electronic music and if no, is there a reason for this?

Chris: Yeah I suppose we are but a tunes a tune no matter what type it is. I’m really having Rhianna, shes the bollocks and Adele is Banging. As far as electro music goes, I’m into LCD Soundsystem, the song ‘All my Friends’,  it cant get much better than that, but you also cant beat a good guitar riff.

 What was the last album that you all bought?

Luke: I can’t remember the last album I bought, but the last album I acquired was ‘Ten Silver Drops’ by Secret Machines, 6 years too late but still a class album.

Chris: Richard Hawley’s, ‘Standing At The Skys Edge’, it blew my head off because it’s such a departure from what hes done on his last fews albums, it’s the album of the year so far for me, well that and ‘Heaven’ by The Walkmen

Addy & Smit: Same as Chris, amazing album by Mr. Hawley!!!!

Kyle: Jack Savoretti – ‘Knock Knock’.

If you all had to pick one album each to take to a desert island, which one would you pick?

Kyle: Kooks – ‘Inside Out’

Smit: Stone Roses

Addy: Puressence – ‘Dont Forget To Remember’

Luke: I wouldn’t need an album, I’d take a copy of Jimmy Radcliffe, ‘Long After Tonight is All Over.’

Chris: Well Smit’s picked Stone Roses so i’d listen to his so id say Otis Reddings Greatest Hits, the mans voice blows me away, when the time comes and I start to get down and realise no fuckers coming to rescue us me and Tom Hanks can sit round the camp fire and listen to ‘These Arms of Mine’ and say, “whatever, who gives a fuck, we’ve got Otis.”

Anything else you would like to add?

 Chris: Jim Morrison once said…..”Im gonna get my kicks before the whole shit house goes up in flames” I fucking love that!