Evo Emerging Highlights Part 3: Two Headliners, Two Venues
There was a wide variety of choices among the venues for the final headline act…
I picked The Pale White, mainly because I hadn’t seen a band in Cluny 1 yet and it’s a cool venue.
It’s got a ‘pit’ of sorts that stretches from the stage to the back wall, but also a raised terrace to the side for people who prefer a bit more space. There was no chance of me getting in the pit, even fifteen minutes before the band came onstage, but I was happy to take my place up on the balcony and watch fellow gig-goer and videographer David Hayhoe sandwiched amongst the multitude of enthusiastic teenagers.
The band came on almost as enthusiastic as their fans, with the lead singer roving about the stage with his guitar. By the third song there was already crowd-surfing and moshing, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I think it was because the songs themselves don’t do anything for me. I’ve heard similar, if not better, songs from other indie bands that don’t headline festivals.
With a shrug of the shoulders I ventured next door to Cluny 2 to catch the second half of Cape Cub’s finale set.
Again, this was packed with eager fans, so I was forced to take a seat at the back. The view was still good enough for me to enjoy the remaining songs though, with the highlight being the penultimate song, ‘Spotlight’.
The lead singer pre-empted the crowd by saying that he’s:
“Not sure if lighters are allowed down here, but if you get your phones out and light ‘em up this could be really cool.”
Cue everyone getting not only their phones out, but a few Zippo lighters too! It made for a spectacular sight, and a delicious way to end my first ever Evolution Emerging.
This is a well organised festival where literally everyone I met, both bands, fans, and even sound techs were hugely excited to see music played live.
Which is what I imagine heaven to be like. Here’s to another ten years!