Don’t know about you but I think it’s been another outstanding year of local music in the mid Cheshire and surrounding areas once again , are you having that ?. A glut of new bands have been sparking up and making big strides in a short space of time , The more established heads growing in stature.

A fine example of this occurred a couple of weekends ago  in what was billed as “The Winsford Weekender ” at winsford youth centre .  An event put together by local promoters Sound of Change and Bi Polar Music alongside headliners The Luka State a band who have toured globally and wanted to film the event for an upcoming documentary.

A superb blend of the older and the new was assembled for the night of music.With an emphasis on the new.

Kicking the night off was Evan Kirwan and his acoustic songbook , sounding great and confident he set the tone by urging the crowd to move closer where they remained filling the void that often occurs early doors.

Next up two young bands to get excited about Mallisons and Continental Phase.

The Mallisons  formerly known as The Fever, a young band who have rapidly gone from playing covers locally to a brilliant set of their own material and releasing a debut single a few days ago “Before you came”, on all the usual digital platforms  … give it a listen and a download.

Continental Phase, a band that you may have seen out and about locally on soft lad promo showcases are another superb live prospect and get better every time i see them , they recently posted they are also putting the finishing touches to their debut single ready for the new year.

The night was rounded off with the experience, mod tinged beat trio Grey Sky’s who whose ear for melody and great Lyrics is a treat to hear live , take a listen on Spotify and SoundCloud.

The Luka State headline slot was justified with the usual high octane relentless energy and rich catalogue of songs you get with every set they play.

The striking thing about the night apart from the huge turnout , was the amount of young people in attendance and rightly so. If that was a first introduction to live music then what a brilliant one.

The futures bright…..

REVIEWED BY … Darren Brooks