The Brickmakers Norwich played host to the brilliant Brickfest music festival last Monday in aid of Sprowston Junior School, and with 3 stages fully booked all day, the £2 entry fee was an absolute bargain.
It was hardly surprising that queues formed outside as the large venue was at full capacity, with Bad Touch headlining at B2 stage and Aftershock finishing proceedings on the Brickies stage after a day of top quality music from many different genres.
The Brickies stage proudly hosted a wealth of local talent including Strange Tail, Tattooed Lies and Pure Passion, and there was literally no room to move as the audience was packed out all day with rock and pop fans of all ages.
An acoustic tent stood proudly in the garden surrounded by bouncy castles, food stalls and dozens of people enjoying the glorious bank holiday sunshine. With the likes of The Black Diamond Duo, Jade Murray and Lee Vann entertaining the crowds who sought solace outdoors, the musical contrast between indoors and outside was vast, but worked perfectly to please the massive crowds all day long.
We spent most of our day at the B2 stage, watching some great local rock bands including Wicked Faith and Blind Tiger, who have completely changed their sound since I last saw them in 2011. Sounding much more mainstream rock now, they are a tight and professional outfit with plenty of songwriting talent.
Dying Breeds brought some punk rock to proceedings just after 9 o'clock, before the Bad Touch boys set up ready for a headlining performance. With most of the band having been at the Brickies all day supporting other local talent, they were definitely in the party mood as 'Set the night on fire' kicked off a high-tempo, energetic set.
The B2 stage area was packed, and with a fenced off area for the band, Stevie felt right at home playing to the crowds, suitably dressed for the occasion in a fetching leopard print shirt. 'Dr Heartbreak' followed in a set dominated with brilliant original tracks that really got the crowd moving.
In true Bad Touch style though, the boys mixed things up during the classic track 'Lock and Load', as George and Bailey changed the tempo following Rob G's instrumental to introduce a little bit of 80's disco in the form of 'Word Up' and some classic Naughties' rap in 'Hot in Here' to add an unexpected twist to their performance.
'Too Late' and 'Waiting on the morning light' went down a treat as the Brickfest event sadly drew to a close, before we were reminded by Stevie why we were all there. He took the opportunity to thank the venue, congratulate the other performers, and introduce some 'good, old-fashioned rock and roll' as the sounds of Led Zeppelin's epic single filled the room.
Finishing with fans' favourite and perfectly written track 'Down', the boys finished the event off in fantastic style. A great day was had by all for a bargain price considering the wealth of talent on offer at the Brickmakers on the last Bank Holiday weekend before Christmas, and I couldn't imagine spending mine any other way.