SOS Festival 2019 - Friday: Live Review
Words and photos: Anthony Firmin
SOS Festival is now in its 12th year and over those years it has grown significantly in stature and is able to attract some great names in classic rock and roll, and its new home (well its been here several years now) is a fantastic location with great facilities.
Much of the evening is taken up with interviews but we did still manage to get to see a few bands. On the ‘Acoustic Stage’ Fallen Mafia are a real left field band as their hard rocking punk n roll is left behind, with the drummer using a beat box tempers things. Even so songs like Awaken and Your Story come across brilliantly.
Southern rockers Sons of Liberty also stripped things back with singer Rob Cooksley doing his best Jim Dandy impersonation with a washboard. Although southern rock isn’t my bag they have a lot of fans here.
Our incursion with Witch Tripper and The King Lot is far too brief as they rip the place apart and from what we hear they go down a storm, as do Snakewater and The Howling Tides who we listened to from the press room, sorry we didn’t get to see you all play.
Friday headliners The Quireboys can do no wrong and give us a bit of what we fancy and after numerous experiences with them I’ve never ever seen them perform a bad show. With their drinking rock, everyone is singing along to classics like Hey You. It isn’t breaking any new ground and you wouldn’t want it to, but it is classic QB and we all love it. Spike’s as cool as his cold lager as he connects with the audience, chinking his glass with them.
Let’s face it we are always going to have a party with The Quireboys and it’s always time for a drink with the band, especially after 7 O’Clock on a Friday night. To be fair they have also had a Sex Party every single time they have played in Manchester, so why should tonight be any different.