The spooky, atmospheric 'Crypt' in Norwich played host to a charity event organised by local band The Upgrade to raise as much money as possible for Link Community Development. Established to help build schools and provide education for communities in Africa, the event was for a very good cause, and local talented musicians showed their support by performing on the night.
Alison MacKinnon started proceedings with a beautiful acoustic set, performing a good selection of self-written pieces, which showed off her soulful voice to perfection. With a sound similar to Jewel when she hits the high notes, Alison did a couple of covers to encourage audience participation, including a Maroon 5 classic.
As if organising the event wasn't enough hard work, the Upgrade performed a set themselves, and as more people arrived down the stairs into the Crypt, the sound of drums filled the tiny room. The acoustics were excellent for a rock gig, I just wonder whether the original builders of the unique underground vault knew it would be a music venue thousands of years later. A blend of influences is clear in The Upgrade's music, but the hints of Green Day and Muse are tangible.
With exciting news to announce, Wicked Faith were up next. Delighted to promote the release of their new album 'Under No Illusion', the band have surely made some new fans based on their performance at the Crypt. Uniquely different, the four-piece band is fronted by Jade Murray, who has plenty of stage presence and charisma, which makes it hard not to watch them. With a multitude of influences, it's difficult to compare them to anyone, but they have a love for heavy bass-lines and skillful riffs which will be sure to make them one to watch.
For Bad Touch, the event was the last gig for a month as the boys are set to take a well-earned rest in preparation for their tour with the Quireboys in October and a packed out diary well into the new year. Stevie took every opportunity to get the crowd to donate more money to the worthy cause, and remind everyone of the purpose of the evening. The boys had spent the whole day filming a new video for latest single 'Too Late', but the song still adorned the set list, and was the highlight. 'One last chance' was squeezed in at last minute, and the band brought the night to a close with the classic 'Down'. Which is certainly how their fans felt knowing it would be a month before the next show.
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