The Milton Keynes International Festival has been a spectacular event so far, with one of the highlights being CC Smugglers’ fun-filled gig on Tuesday night, writes Heather Manning.
Hailed by BBC 6 Music as “the best live band on the scene at the moment,” the 50s inspired six-piece played a set of American folk music, with elements of swing, jazz, blues and country in The Stables’ Spielgeltent at Campbell Park.
The gig began in fine style at 7:45pm as 18-year-old support act Emma McGrath opened with a range of her own material, playing an acoustic set on guitar, alongside her backup vocalist on keyboard.
With lyrics inspired by her own personal experiences, relationships, and growing up in her bedroom with rugs on the wall and duvets on the ceiling, she played original songs from her latest EP, Silent Minds.
This release has been supported by The PRS Foundation, who awarded Emma a Women Make Music grant to aid her.
Then enter CC Smugglers. The boys from Bedfordshire played music from their new album (the title of which is still a secret, but coming soon) on guitars, double bass, keyboard and violin.
Their vocalist and frontman had a hot July crowd on their feet and do-si-do-ing within only a couple of tracks in the 30-degree summer heat.
CC Smugglers even ended their performance by joining their most enthusiastic fans on the dance floor and performing a signature acoustic set to finish the evening.
Headlining The Spiegeltent was one of the band’s many summer gigs ahead of their forthcoming Autumnal album tour, playing from 18th– 26thOctober 2018.
You can catch them at more local venue across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and a one-night-only showcase in London.
As talented as they are nostalgic, CC Smugglers are definitely a band to be seen and experienced live – I promise you’ll leave with a smile smuggled on your face!