And we’re off! Enjoy the weekend!

Local & Live Electric Evening at The Forum

Every two months Local & Live Sessions host an ‘Electric’ evening at ‘The Forum’, for aspiring musicians who are just starting out. It gives them the chance to show everyone what they can do and it gives Local & Live Sessions a chance to raise money for the upcoming Music Festival in Tunbridge Wells this August.

The Forum is an independent music venue based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent with a standing capacity of 250 people. Opened as a new music venue in January 1993, The Forum was previously used as a public toilet and a brass rubbing centre. It has since hosted a number of acts, who have gone on to achieve significant commercial success, such as: Adele, Biffy Clyro, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Oasis, The Vaccines, We Are Scientists and many more! In 2012, the NME voted this venue as ‘Britain’s Best Small Venue’.

Over the last few years, there have been many changes made to The Forum. From repositioning the stage to adding a brand new bar and I must admit, although I was a little anxious to go, (having heard mixed reviews about this place) I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised with what I discovered. It was completely packed a variety of people, of all ages, who filled the room with a chilled and friendly atmosphere.


Opening the show were the young rock/pop band called ‘The Link‘ who consist of: Sam Hickman (lead vocals), George Gasson (lead guitar), Harry Gasson (bass guitar), Fred Latham-Coyle (drums), Alex Matthews (drums). Based in Hastings and 2014’s winners of The Battle Of The Bands, these boys gave an impressive performance and produced a fantastic cover of ‘Guns and Roses’ Sweet Child of Mine’ – one which I won’t be forgetting any time soon! I was very impressed with the amount of energy these boys gave in their performance and how they interacted with the audience.

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The Wildlings‘ shortly followed them onto the stage and it wasn’t long before their supporters gathered around, singing and dancing along to their beat. The four piece are an alternative/indie rock band based in Tunbridge Wells and combine high powered riffs with soulful harmonies. The boys; Dan Wild (Drums), Toby Morgan  (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals), Henry Tysoe (Bass Guitar) and Joe Clark (Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals), performed a variety of songs and engaged with their enthusiastic supporters.

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Our third band to enter the stage were ‘Bison‘. The three of them piece together to create a fine combination of funk Indie-rock/blues and are formed of: Alex Cooper (Drums & Percussion), Charlie Gibson (Vox & Electric/Acoustic Guitar) and Lewie Roberts (Bass Guitar). Influenced by artists such as: The Strokes, The Libertines and White Stripes, these guys produce a dynamic, exciting and well rounded performance.

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With some good old fashioned punk rock, we were finally introduced to our headline act, ‘The Showponies‘. Announcing their latest EP, which was available to purchase, the rock and roll band sang their version of ‘The Ramones’ song ‘Hey Ho, Lets Go!’ completely transforming the atmosphere with their more upbeat melody. Made up of: Sam – (Guitar/Vocals), George (Bass/Vocals) and Ant (Drums/Vocals), The Showponies define the term ‘punk rock’ with extreme precision.

It was an entertaining evening and although the music was a little heavier than what I am used to, I was reminded to keep an open mind, as all of the above performers put on a great show at a fantastic venue.
If you would like to see the footage from the evening, please check out my Youtube account!