Electric Fields Warm Up: In Photos
A Thursday night gig in Dumfries has a tendency to be a bit, well…quiet. But, it was quite obvious to most that Thursday 11th of August 2016 was going to be more of a hit than a miss – as that was when ONR performed for the first ever time to their home crowd. Playing as part of the Electric Fields Warm Up gig, ONR were in good company and were supported by new local band 13 Crowes and Glasgow band The Ninth Wave.
The Ninth Wave were a late addition to the line up, having recently been announced as the winners of the Electric Fields unsigned band competition. They will play the Stewart Cruickshank stage at the festival, which takes place at the end of the month. They were confident on stage and played to a decent crowd, possibly partly due to their set time being an hour after the doors opened, allowing time for a reasonable amount of people to gather.
13 Crowes played for the first time as a full band, and what an excellent addition to the music scene they proved themselves to be. They looked at ease on stage and lead singer Cammy Black interacted with the audience between songs, managing to draw an even bigger crowd. I’m very excited to hear their new EP which is due out very soon. Strangely though, they’re not on the line-up for Electric Fields this year which is a shame.
Most local people were are big fans of Finding Albert and they had a hugely dedicated following. Unfortunately Finding Albert are now no more, and ONR is now on the scene with a new sound but pretty much the same line up (with the exception of Neil Davidson leaving and Sean McCole joining). They officially launched themselves last month at King Tuts and this gig was their homecoming. I saw their set at King Tuts and it was a great first gig – as you would expect from such experienced musicians – but this gig seemed a little different; definitely like they were more relaxed playing to such a supportive home crowd. They’re still in their early days and played a set that was nine songs long, promising that they’ll have more songs in time for their Electric Fields appearance. After they finished and people started leaving The Venue, I heard many people saying that they loved the ‘energy’ in their set and I completely agree.
So, in summary, The Ninth Wave were good, I particularly liked the lead singer’s eyeliner choice. 13 Crowes are most definitely a band to keep an eye on, they’ll do well I’m sure. ONR are as flawless as ever and their future looks bright too. And I’m still a bit deaf from the whole thing…
Here are some photos from the gig (thanks to my photographer Nicky Crawford):