August 10, 2017 |

Fat Lip Fest Review

Fat Lip Fest Review

August 10, 2017 |

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In a month were festivals suffered on a large scale, we don’t need to point fingers, Fat Lip Festival took over 2 venues in Bristol for its inaugural year & did so in the loudest way it knew possible.

Entering the tiny venue of The Lanes as As Flames Rise began their set, it very quickly became obvious that this wasn’t going to be a day for giving your ears a break. For a band that was kicking off the day’s events it was really nice to see a sizeable crowd filling the venue, one which stuck around for local band All Ears Avow.

One of the best things about Fat Lip Festival was that it provided a platform for bands that are creeping into the radar of people’s attentions. For both As Flames Rise and All Ears Avow, who put on strong performances, there were members of the audience really getting stuck in and singing along whilst there were also likely members of the audience experiencing them for the first time. The festival had a real music lovers feel to it.

Every festival has that band that you hear for the first time & they join the running for your new favourite. At Fat Lip it was Sweet Little Machine that won that award. Whilst their set in Bristol’s Bierkeller didn’t have the largest of crowds, the band were full of energy, with lead singer Alex making a short trip into the audience, & they clearly couldn’t be more excited to be on the stage. With a real throwback pop punk feel there’s something quite nostalgic about them; maybe something we all need in today’s world.

Having Straight Lines back on the festival circuit is a real delight, especially as they’re still sounding as strong as ever. The Welsh rockers have been appearing across the country over the summer and from the excited audience reaction they are repeatedly getting, everyone is pretty damn happy to see them again. Unsurprisingly it’s fan favourites, such as Half Gone, that get the biggest cheer of excitement as the opening riffs begin. They’re the perfect band for a summer’s day, all be it a rainy one.