On Sunday 6th November 2016, Clint Boon stood on the downstairs stage of Manchester’s Sound Control and introduced his first ever ‘Set2Go Live’ event. As well as being a member of the Inspiral Carpets and a popular radio presenter, Boon is profound for his support of up and coming musicians. His podcast ‘Set2Go’ was premiered this year and is committed to introducing listeners to tracks from some of the country’s best up and coming artists.
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The event took place between 2pm and 11pm and the line up was split between Sound Control’s two stages. Straight away you were impressed with the set-up as it relieved the day of the tedious task of waiting around between artists. 11 artists played sets throughout the all day event, all of which have had one of their tracks featured on an episode of Clint’s ‘Set2Go’ podcast.
We were eased into the event with a lighthearted acoustic set from Ryan Jarvis, whose lyrics echoed those of Courteeners front-man Liam Fray’s. Next on the bill were Tourist Attractions, who were kitted out in ‘I heart Popolinos t shirts’ to play homage to the Manchester takeaway. Their blistering guitars and heavy bass enticed the audience and their latest single ‘Million Miles Away’ is sure to entice those that weren’t lucky enough to be at the gig. Another band with noticeably addictive bass lines were Maruja, who followed Tourist Attractions with an impressively upbeat set that really showed the audience what they’ve got to give at just 18 and 19 years of age.
Things were then slowed down slightly in the best possible way as Liam McClair took to the stage for his heartfelt and captivating performance, accompanied by a full band. The singles ‘Hunted’ and ‘Honest’ weren’t unknown to the crowd but it was easy to see how he’s built up a reputation for being a gifted songwriter. Matter Of Mind followed Liam’s set, exploding onto the stage with a loud and fast paced set, mesmering the audience with their teenage angst filled tracks.
Aside from talent, which Sound Control was undoubtedly full of, what all of the artists certainly had in common was their appeal. Particularly The Jade Assembly who followed Matter Of Mind with a strong start to their set, before breaking a string – absolutely no need to panic though as Clint Boon was behind his DJ decks in no time, whilst the band got ready to storm through the rest of their set. When advertising the event, Boon promised a diverse range of artists – a promise that he definitely delivered, with a prime example being singer songwriter Jess Kemp, who followed The Jade Assembly’s set with an acoustic set that boasted gritty vocals and an obvious talent for writing lyrics.
This is where the night got funky as Stockport’s No Hot Ashes delivered their funky riffs and catchy lyrics, resulting in never ending circles pits and a lone crowd surfer. Whether it was their new single or an old track, it didn’t matter to the dedicated and manic crowd who roared and bounced along to the entire set. No Hot Ashes well and truly took the roof off Sound Control and are definitely a band on the verge of huge success. The next band were Ist Ist, a rapturous three piece that take influence from early post-punk and gothic sounds – the band delivered a brooding set that was unfortunately cut short due to technical issues.
Saytr Play were next, delivering an exciting and energetic set whilst lead singer Fred Farrell showed his support for the host by displaying “Boon Army” across his chest. Last but not least were The Blinders; a combination of their political lyrics and the punk rock nature of their music highlighted a current dissatisfaction with topical affairs. There’s nothing better than a band that well and truly express themselves and their opinions within their music, and The Blinders were the perfect band to close the night.
Before the event, Boon explained how he aimed to create a music event for all ages and without a doubt, he succeeded. It was nice to see so many families being introduced to new music, with a lot of children present and potentially experiencing their first live music event. The family environment also resulted in a well-behaved crowd, which was ideal (well…until No Hot Ashes took to the stage anyway!)
Clint Boons very first ‘Set2Go Live’ was a roaring success and it’s confident to predict that we can look forward to more in the future! You can listen to previous episodes of Clint Boon’s‘Set2go’ podcast on iTunes.