It was a night of celebration as two of the hottest acts on the UK music scene Another Sky and The Amazons took over the O’Meara in London. This high profile showcase of emerging talent was a great start to the week for those who were lucky enough to grab a ticket.

Unfortunately, the third hot act on the bill, Martha Gunn, had to pull out at the last minute but Communion Music along with Fiction Records made sure the night was going to be a big one – so big in fact that after a wonderful long instrumental introduction and their hit “Apple Tree” openers Another Sky lost power. There was no drama when this happened though. The band remained calm and those that turned out were pretty chilled – a rarity in this day and age.

After a bit of rewiring, we were back in action and all was forgotten as the quartet stormed through the rest of their set with vigorous energy and much enthusiasm. Lead vocalist Catrin Vincent mesmerising the audience more so with what many have dubbed to be their ‘choir boy like’ vocals.

The lighting during their set was mainly dark and smoke filled the stage, which in turn, suited the mood of their music. There was a connection with the audience which was further enhanced by a personal dedication to one fan in particular prior to “Fighting Bulls”. The crowd reaction made it feel like a dedication to all Another Sky fans in the building and added a nice touch to the proceedings. The group ended their amazing set with the chilling “Avalanche”.

With just enough time to cool down, as it sure was a hot and sweaty one, the crowd became that little bit tighter for the return of The Amazons, who have just released their second album Future Dust.

The lights go down and the audience starts to scream as the band kick off the proceedings with a trio of songs from their latest album. It goes without saying that the crowd sing loudly in tandem with the band – almost acting like an army of backing vocalists. It is really hard to believe that we are in this intimate venue of the O’Meara which only makes the night that bit more special.

With the absence of Martha Gunn, The Amazons deliver a longer set which mixes some songs from their debut album, starting with “In My Mind”. “Little Something” results in a mini mosh pit and claps as if we were in an arena setting. The track also features an amazing drum solo from Joe Emmett – one of two of the night.

The standout moment of the show comes when the band perform “Junk Food Forever”. Matt Thomson introduces the number as ‘your song’,  and the audience doesn’t need any encouragement as they sing wholeheartedly to a very stripped back performance of the track. If we weren’t in an intimate space and the crowd didn’t mosh as much as they did, you could just imagine the lighters being up in the air. A truly special moment indeed.

Having Another Sky open the night and then The Amazons closing it provided a real contrast to the bill. Each band is very different from one another and on paper, it probably shouldn’t work, but in practice, it worked perfectly. And to quote Matt again, it really did feel like “too much fun for a Monday night.”

Words & Photos: Victoria Wai

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Event Date: 17-June-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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