Friday 16th November
Doors at 7:00pm
After a long hiatus, Folkestones Leas Cliff Hall will be hosting a local music night on Friday 16th November, but this time its different. The event, Local Heroes, will bring together Kents greatest bands for a unique line-up of folk, funk, punk, ska, and rock. This will be the first event promoted by Hevy, a newly formed company established by James Dutton, part-time marketing employee of the Leas Cliff Hall. James aspires to deliver large scale events that showcase the talent produced by the area, allowing local acts to experience a bigger stage without leaving Kent for London.
The line-up, which delivers an overview of Kents varied music scene, includes four of the areas best bands with four sensational acoustic supports. The headlining acts are kick-started by Syd Arthur; an awesomely talented band from Canterbury whose style is best described as psychedelic funk rock. Hailed as the true heirs to the Canterbury sound, their infectious riffs and fusion of influences from just about every genre make Syd Arthur one of the most exciting bands Kent has seen for years.
Next up are Springtide Cavalry, who have forged their own unique sound somewhere between rock, pop and punk and are just as comfortable chilling with slow mesmeric grooves as they are blitzing the crowd with all out rock and roll. The trio from the Folkestone / Canterbury area have earned a huge following and are definitely one to watch. Weightloss are a legendary ska/punk band with technical horn parts and impatient rhythms that empower the socially angry lyrics that vocalist Dan spits out with true meaning and experience. The band, half of which is from Hertfordshire, combines influences from hardcore, ska, punk, and funk, creating dark sounding songs that focus on the social issues that concern them.
Last on stage are alternative rock band Sizen, who deliver a solid, raw sound with interesting licks cutting through unbelievably heavy riffs. Inspired by the greatest rock bands of all time, Sizen have defined their own sound whilst honoring the musicians that influenced them. Supporting these bands are four acts that represent the cream of kentish talent. Acoustic sessions will be performed by Rob John Gambell - an extraordinary artist and effortless performer, Canterbury legend Jon Woode - whose technical ability and song-writing flare define his folk and indie inspired acoustic music, Amber Room - a former duet who have now evolved into one of the most unique and talented bands in Kent, and Lucy Kitt - a truly gifted singer songwriter, attracting attention for her individual and exciting fresh new sound.
This is my website The FG that I built in a fury of excitement when I first came to Folkestone in approximately 2004. I'd been a frequent visitor for a while previous to that so I am technically one of those DFLs you get nowadays. The site was a lot more dynamic with a calendar of events and voting for best venues and stuff, and I know it was a useful reference for those who were thinking of moving to the area. Now I've moved out of Folkestone again (though only to Hythe) it doesn't get as much attention as it used to. Ironic really as The town is becoming the exciting place we always thought it was just about to. My name is not Gerald by the way, this comes from a pretend newspaper in an episode of The Day Today or something, the Portsmouth Gerald, and how there is a local newspaper here called the Folkestone Herald. Puns like this are GRATE aren't they? Do contact me if you have anything to offer, email anythign @ this domain, or try @folkestone or @pauly on the twitter.