Music reporter Vicki McCarthy previews this month’s MK11 gig that has three of the best local circuit bands.
In the five years I’ve been doing my local music show on MKFM, I’ve been lucky enough to hear and see live music from some of the region’s finest unsigned talent.
So imagine my glee at learning that three of our brightest bands are due to share the stage at MK11 on the 22nd of August!
Step forward The Hallows, an alternative pop-trio made up of Joe, Sarah and Dave. Formed in 2014, The Hallows have carved themselves a neat spot into the hearts and minds of local music followers and amassed a loyal following.
Along the way, they’ve joined other fantastic bands and singers on the line-up of many gigs and mini-festivals, forging friendships along the way. And this month’s gig ‘The Hallows and Friends’ at MK11 Kiln Farm Club sees them accompanied by Toffees and Wah Wah Club, all of whom also get regular airplay on my radio show.
Toffees are a four-piece rock band, whose sound has been previously compared to Royal Blood and Kasabian, and I can safely say in the many times I’ve seen them live, they’ve never failed to deliver an amazing set.
Fellow rockers Wah Wah Club are influenced by a number of inspirations, from Nirvana, to The Cribs, to Led Zeppelin. The band are also no stranger to MK11’s stage and always inject energy into any show they perform.
So how did this month’s gig come about? Joe explained: “We’re about to start our whistle-stop UK tour and really wanted it to be a celebration of local music and good friendships.
“We’ve played at MK11 many times and always really enjoyed the experience, so we felt it was a good place to play as the homecoming part of these dates.”
With the tour in place, the release of their latest single Vultures set and the gig at MK11 confirmed, The Hallows contacted Toffees and Wah Wah Club… they were an obvious choice!
Joe elaborated: “They’re two bands that are a massive credit to the local circuit and who are long-term friends, so we decided to see if they would like to rock out with us, and subsequently the line-up for the night was created!”
The band are also excited to be playing new material from their forthcoming second album. Joe added: “We plan to really showcase a heavier and dirtier sound for The Hallows, although we will always have a healthy streak of pop running through what we do!”
So if you’re looking for a rocking summer night, at one of MK’s most welcoming live music venues, then The Hallows and Friends could well be the event that you’re looking for.
And if you’ve not got a ‘plus one’, come along anyway, like the saying goes, “Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.”
The Hallows and Friends, 22 August, 20:00, FREE ENTRY, find out more facebook.com/thehallowsmusic