OVER the years, City Nights has written about scores of promotions offering the next best thing, and promising all kind of marvellous enticements.
Some go the distance – dance brands Ultra Vegas and Sensoria could hardly be called ‘flash in the pan’, and others (usually those making the biggest of promises) sink without trace.
All of which makes this Friday’s celebration at The Craufurd Arms even more of a great affair: It’s the fifth birthday of Underpass Promotions (that’s promoter Jason on the cover of this edition of GO!)
And Jason has pulled together a weighty bill to toast the last half decade: Shape-shifters Antlered Man, Arms of Atlas, featuring ex-members of the defunct Band Blitz winners 6.5, and weighty-punkers Desperate Cycle are uniting for one night only, raising their glasses and their guitars in the name of Underpass.
“...although we are flirting with the idea of carrying on under a different name and writing new songs,” says bassist Will James.
Embrace The Tide are also on the bill, and are using the date as the perfect excuse to launch their new EP.
Which leaves only the headliners...Capdown tribute Civil Disobedients.
Honestly, they are so taut and rip-roaringly similar to the real mcCoy that we swear they are the real deal.
We know what we are talking about...
Tickets are ten pound (for the sound), from 7.30pm.
Although the Craufurd head might be a tad foggy on Saturday, the music stops for no-one and Saturday night is another prime package of cool.
The Craufurd Sessions bash will be headlined by Heart of a Coward.
The new city hopefuls are set to release their debut album, Hope and Hindrance, at the end of this month.
The chaps have resisted the call of labels and opted to put the release out themselves.
“...the band has been sitting on this album for months like coiled springs, ready to go, but there was always another setback.
“Finally, the moment is here, it’s time to unleash!” drummer Chris says.
“It’s light and shade, it’s unity and separation, it’s epic but hate filled with lyrics and a message everyone can relate to.”
Supporting, you’ll catch Lay Siege, Invocation and Constellations.
Doors 7.30pm and tickets are £6.
Don’t wan’t to go out on the town, but still want to enjoy a little noise-hem?
Settle down with Secklow Sounds for company on Wednesday evening then.
Every week from 10pm, Rob spins the best in the heavy-heavy world.
This week, he’ll be joined by Jon from punk-oiks R.S.I too.
Listen in at www.secklowsounds.org