The Virginmarys, The Actress & Bishop, Birmingham - review
This was a night that was all about loud guitars and energy with some great original music from three rising bands
Headliners Macclesfield's The Virginmarys really do deserve to be a much bigger name in the music scene.
In the initimate surroundings of upstairs at the Ludgate Hill bar, the three-piece delivered a superb set , mainly made up of songs from their albums King of Conflict and Divides.
Shocking blond-haired singer and guitarist Ally Dickaty led the group with his driving power chords and raucous raw vocals and Danny Dolan delivered his trademark powerful drumming in great style.
Songs like opener Portrait of Red, Into Dust, Sweet Loretta and Just a Ride were stand outs in a thrilling performance.
The Virginmarys returned for an encore of new single Northern Sun and fans' favourite Bang Bang Bang.
Leicester's Siobhan Mazzei opened proceedings with her band. The short, but entertaining set featured interesting songs like Never There, Recycled and Wispy and Blue. She is an engaging character with melodious voice and great guitar skills.
The second support act was Wolverhampton's The Regulars. The four-piece indie rockers were also well received and gave a punchy and loud performance.
Songs including Role Reversal, It's Not Quite the Same and Maybe You Mean It went down really well with the audience.