Rockmantic Weekender 2018 was quite the way for us to welcome in the new year with a considerable bang. It was absolutely mental seeing just how many people were there to hear our set...it was a totally mind blowing experience and something that we really hope to one day repeat!
Unfortunately we couldn't make it to the Friday night after we headed down to Leeds with Twisted Illusion (who put on a mighty killer show may we add!), so it was a late arrival for us in the early hours of Saturday morning.
We're gutted to have missed the awesome bands on Friday's lineup - but were overjoyed to hear about the triumphant return of fellow ALPHA powerhouse rockers A JOKER'S RAGE who tore the fucking roof off the Brickyard stage to a full house that was BOUNCING!
It never fails to make me feel just a little bit fan girl, knowing that we share the same fantastic manager, after spending such a long time following the #gameface family. We're proper buzzing to be sharing the stage with them for the first time as we head down to Rochdale in March for the BHG Rock Machine! It's gunna be a banger of a gig alongside the epic up and coming Theia and the all round good (and extremely talented) guy of rock n roll, Dox Docherty!
Saturday saw us rock up to the Brickyard at about 11.30 in good time to catch the first band of the day, Avarus - who's song "Broken Sun" is a new favourite of ours. The guys from Blackpool played a solid opening set which we enjoyed very much from the barrier.
The King Lot - one of Scotland's finest offerings followed our set to a full and properly pumped up crowd; and with the recent release of the new album 'A World Without Evil' - it's pretty clear to see why these guys are loved so much either side of the border. Solid musicians, catchy tunes and bags of charisma made these guys one of the highlights of the day for us. Not the first time we've had the pleasure of watching these guys and we sure hope it isn't the last! Long live The King Lot!
Other highlights from the day for us included the ever entertaining Falling Red, and sensationally talented headliners The New Roses; but it has to be said that every band nailed it, and we found enjoyment in abundance throughout the day and night! A special mention must also be given to Dox Docherty - who played an emotive acoustic set on the Embers Stage to a raucous and receptive crowd - his cover of Emilie Sande's "Read All About It" unashamedly nearly brought me to tears. I'm sure we are not alone when we share our anticipation for seeing Dox return to the stage with his new project - which we have no doubt will be an absolute cracker. We sincerely look forward to sharing the stage with you!
In addition to the music, it was amazing to meet so many new people, old friends and put faces to the names of many folk who we've gotten to know in recent months over social media! Let's hope this is just the start of what's to come!
An immeasurable thanks must be given to Raz for giving us the opportunity the play the Brickyard Stage, and to all of the people who worked tirelessly to make the weekend such an awesome experience for us!
Until next time ?