SOS Festival XI, Day One – Longfield Suite, Prestwich 13th July 2018

2018 was the 11th running of SOS Festival and the team at Rocksector Records really pulled the stops out this year. The line-up seems to get stronger each time yet the festival never loses any of the factors that makes it one of the best around – family friendly, an atmosphere second to none and, most importantly, a range of bands and styles to prove that there will be something for everyone fan of rock music.

First up, was StormriderMike Coyle and the gang certainly set the stage nicely for an absolutely belting weekend of hard rock and metal. Always keen to avoid pigeonholes, I will refrain from lumping their sound amongst others – what I will say is that what they served up was a great introduction to themselves and the crowd. Tonight also coincided with their EP launch get it direct from the band via Facebook and the usual wonders of modern shopping.

Next on the main stage Rock Zone UK caught up with Doomsday Outlaw for the second time in a couple of months at SOS Festival. It’s always great to catch up with Indy Chanda and the boys, even better that Phil Poole came and had a chat with David and the interview will be online later this week. Another of the “New Breed” recently signed to Frontiers Records and their sound is really rather splendid. Their recent tour with Jizzy Pearl clearly won them plenty of new fans and tonight’s set really proved why. Quality guitar work, great songs and a frontman clearly having a ball on stage.

The extremely impressive Gorilla Riot were up next for us. A great set and the songs from the forthcoming new album were totally amazing, they clearly reflect a band that has found their sound and style and reflect their truest personality as a band. The slightly Southern rock sound with the modern sonic sensibilities of … well, go check them out you will not be disappointed.

Last from Day 1 of this year’s SOS Festival … the very mighty Bigfoot and their 7 special guest singers Craig Wells (Atlas UK), Matt Jones (Twisted Illusion), Phil Poole (Doomsday Outlaw), Cass King (Tomorrow Is Lost), Ashley Edison (Dendera and Power Quest), Craig Cairns (Midnight Prophecy) and last, but definitely not least Baz Mills from Massive Wagons

This was a very special set and I thought MickSamTom and Matthewsounded totally rejuvenated – mega sound, massive backing vocals and what an energy. The future looks bright and I can’t wait to catch the tour later in the year and seeing the impact of the arrival of Sean Sam Seabrookon lead vocals.

Interview with the fantastic four … well Sam, Tom, Matt and Mick later in the week.

First day done and dusted, what a belting way to start three days of rock and roll

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