Lincoln’s local music scene has been thriving for years now with great talents, and exciting acts that have been filling pubs, bars and venues for quite some time. On mojo20.com we’ve been promoting and supporting local music for quite some time, whether through our Self portraits feature, links and invitations to events around the city, or even just making sure the Mojo20 collective is on hand at most gigs for the support these nights need and deserve. One of the shining lights in Lincoln at the minute however is Velvet Fuzz, an independent live music night held upstairs at The Scene, which is Lincoln’s premier gay bar. Upstairs has a room made for live performance and has been used for exactly that for around ten years, but now that Velvet Fuzz is here, it’s been used to its highest potential, as promoters Paul Tuplin & Victor Grimes continue to book some amazing up and coming indie bands from all over the country. One more than one occasion I’ve been in attendance and witnessed something amazing, right on my doorstep on any given Friday night and you could, no wait, should as well. Here’s just a few examples of some of the brilliant names we’ve seen come through Lincoln already in 2014, and some of my fondest moments in live music in Lincoln this year:
Moonn are a noisy 5-piece psych-pop band from Lincolnshire combining influence from every mouldy corner of music contributing to what has been described as a ‘wall of sound’ live performance. Having supported Birmingham dream-pop quartet JAWS in 2013, recently supporting Telegram, selling out their first headline performance, and releasing their first EP in 2014, Moonn have developed a little bit of a name for themselves locally. About to venture into a year out of higher education, Moonn are currently writing the material that will make up their second EP, which will be self-produced and hopefully surface in late 2014.
This band was formed in 2012 in Haggerston, London by singer/guitarist Matt Saunders, Oli Paget Moon (bass) and Matt Wood (guitar). The most appealing thing about these guys was that a week after their Velvet Fuzz appearance they took to the stage at Benicassim festival in Spain, making this quite an impressive booking. One of my favorite headliners so far, by quite a long way. The band’s sound has been described as a combination of post punk and psychedelic rock. According to Matt Wood, early electronic music is one of the band’s biggest influences, as are their friends The Horrors. Definitely one to look out for.
Without a doubt, my favourite act so far to take to the Velvet Fuzz stage, but possibly under completely biased circumstances. The bass player for CuT, Jay Clifton, is an old friend from Lincoln, and I’ve been keeping an eye on his bands progress since their beginning, but never really expected the recognition and radio play they’ve received. Hailed by Steve Lamacq as “the best live act I’ve seen in years” fuzzed up garage rockers CuT are quickly gaining recognition as a Space-punk force to be reckoned with. Also, Mojo20 had a hand in booking these, so a proud moment when they absolutely tore the place apart.
Desperate Journalist are a North London four piece who’ve been causing ruffles with their ‘Cristina’ single and hectic live shows which… blend gothic sensibilities with post-punk machinations. Reminding me throughout of a female fronted Joy division or The Smiths but with a heavier, punkier edge, these guys put on a fast paced and exciting performance that I’d love to see again. Id been shown these guys earlier in the year and was told that at some point they’d be booked to play this night, so there was no missing it when it finally came up. No disappointment at all.
Based in Sheffield, Tim Hampton and Dan Potter a.k.a. Bromheads, are two hairy dudes with a shared love for punk rock music and all things associated. With a loud and dynamic performance, these headliners really finished off the night in style, thrashing around the stage, and even climbing into the crowd and imploring me and Mojo20’s James Newman to help him play the lead guitar. Previously known as Bromheads jacket, these guys kicked things off in 2005 and certainly don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon, if their 2014 Velvet Fuzz performance is anything to go by.
Also coming soon, on 21st March, Sleaford mods will be headlining and after a recent large feature in NME magazine, these guys seem to be gaining popularity by the day, so make sure you don’t miss out. As I said before, it’s right here on your doorstep, and it’s the sort of thing you’d have to travel to see normally, so to see bands and artists like the above and many more, is a really exciting prospect. So don’t waste it.