Review by Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers
Frightfest, Henshaw’s Arts and Crafts Centre, Knaresborough.
What a great night of live music and, as befits an event called Frightfest, a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde occasion, too, with the hard rock of one stage contrasting with the acoustic nature of its rival stage.
As well as a high standard of performances, Henshaws was alive with Hallowe’en-style atmosphere. Organiser Rufus Beckett buzzing around as the voice of MC and stage ‘curator’ DJ Trev of Bottom of Bottle boomed out over the sound system, members of the audience wandering around in suitably spooky, blood-stained fancy dress, Henshaws staff efficiently keeping the ship on course.
Of the bands, headliners Hawk Eyes played with all the ferocious energy and showmanship you’d expect from a band which has supported System of a Doubt, literally taking the show to the crowd by leaving the stage altogether while playing on. This impressively loud rock band from Leeds needed to be good following the lively PseudoNympho who played unveiled tracks from their new album Eponym.
One last word - I missed the opening set by young teenage grunge-funk three-piece Red Ocean Nectar but I’m looking forward to the debut EP by lead singer/guitaist Joe Brennan, bassist Will McKenzie and drummer Matt Alloway.