TTL Live! Gentleman’s Dub Club, Solko, The Piratones @ OPEN, Norwich 31 January

Trod This Land live! Presents Gentleman’s Dub Club, Solko, The Piratones live at the OPEN main room, Norwich, 31 January 2014. Review and photos.

Once again on a Friday night there was so much going on, with The Waterfront, Arts Centre, Hog in Armour, Birdcage, and Fat Cat Brewery Tap amongst others all hosting attractive and significant events but the one for me today was this line up at OPEN. Tickets were flying from the outlets for this one and the gig had to be moved from the Club Room to the vast main room and still sold out with demand for tickets far exceeding the capacity.

The Piratones

The Piratones

Gentleman’s Dub Club always attract a good crowd due to their incredible live performances, which I’ve witnessed a couple of times before at the Arts Centre, but the loyal following of local bands Solko and The Piratones is not to be underestimated. The lovely Piratones were first on stage shortly after 8pm and it was quite thrilling to see and hear them on the main Open stage, which today was marvellously lit and with dry ice and a super, deep sound. Straight away the audience came right up to the front of the stage for the band and skanked all through the set.
Georgia’s voice was sounding gorgeous alongside Dan’s more hip-hop vocals they blend and compliment each other so well. Freddie and Mikey were great as always on brass, Ben on bass looks so comfortable as if he’d been in the band for ages, and with Zeb’s powerful drumming there was a really nice, warm and deep reggae rhythm. Alongside some of my old favourites like Step on it and Forest of Sin we were treated to some new ones, including one with some shared backing vocals between Georgia and Freddie with Dan on lead, possibly called Aches.

The Piratones

The Piratones

I do love this band and felt quite proud of them performing so well on a large stage, I look forward to the next time I see them. Please check their new website: http://www.thepiratones.co.uk

The Piratones

The Piratones

The Piratones

The Piratones

The Piratones

The Piratones

The Piratones

The Piratones

The Piratones

The Piratones

Very early in the evening there was that feeling one gets sometimes where you just know it is going to be a special and memorable night. This proved correct.

gdc at open

There was a great atmosphere in this incredible venue, with a full crowd the sound was warm and large and the anticipation by the time Solko came onstage was palpable. Tonight they had Tom McGeady standing in on bass, after just two or three rehearsals with the band – not that anyone would have guessed so easily and comfortably did he slip into the band, one of his favourites. Ash was, as usual, all smiles and the band sounded especially ‘dubby’ today with some deep grooves and a wonderful overall sound. The audience absolutely loved them. I think this is one of the best Solko gigs I’ve seen, they definitely belong on these bigger stages and just look right in such a setting.

Solko

Solko

Solko

Solko

Solko

Solko

Solko

Solko

There was much excitement in the room for the appearance of Gentleman’s Dub Club but between sets we were entertained with some wonderful reggae and dub, and I must make special mention to Mikey Shaw on this front, because as well as playing these records he also played with The Piratones and of course is drummer with Solko.

Junior Ras

Junior Ras

The expectation levels were really high as the lights went down and GDC took to the stage and launched into their brand of deep and energetic dub. Highly energetic with Jonathan Scratchley on vocals, Matt Roberts on trumpet, and Kieren Gallagher (sax) all leaping around, running and jumping, whipping the crowd into a dancing, bouncing frenzy. It was a sea of arms aloft, a heaving mass. “Emergency” was frenetic and took the excitement levels up another notch, which they maintained throughout the set but by the time of High Grade things really went wild. First of all a girl joined the band onstage for a dance, and then another, and before long we had a large number of the crowd onstage which the band appeared to love and carried on playing without breaking stride. It was chaotic but immense fun and perfectly good-natured and harmless. A real “Wow!” live moment. I hope this won’t lead to barriers being installed at future gigs as a result, that would be a shame. Anyway, I knew all about GDC’s strengths as a live act from previous gigs, but they seem to have become an even better and bigger band since last time and I was not prepared for just how stunning a band they have become.

Gentleman's Dub Club

Gentleman’s Dub Club

Gentleman's Dub Club

Gentleman’s Dub Club

Gentleman's Dub Club

Gentleman’s Dub Club

With everyone buzzing and also in a slight state of shock after the amazing preceding sets from all bands, there was some more reggae from Junior Ras on the decks before the audience slowly spilled back onto the rainy streets after a truly amazing night, amongst the best I’ve ever experienced at Open, and the list of these is now getting quite long. Well done to TTL and Open for hosting such a night, GDC for being stunning, and Solko and The Piratones for being marvellous and pleasing me so much playing a big stage in front of more than a thousand people. Memorable!

gentleman's dub club

words and photos, richard shashamane 2014

@RShashamane

https://www.facebook.com/NorwichLiveMusicPhotos

http://www.gentlemansdubclub.com

http://www.solko.co.uk

http://www.open247.org.uk

http://www.thepiratones.co.uk

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One Response to TTL Live! Gentleman’s Dub Club, Solko, The Piratones @ OPEN, Norwich 31 January

  1. Pingback: TTL Presents Gentleman’s Dub Club, Nubiyan Twist, The Piratones @ OPEN 17 October 2014 | norwich blog

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