Beats of the Streets – Festival on the Steps
We have a collection of bands and solo artists from all different genres and backgrounds playing on the steps of this historic venue. We’re kicking off with three acoustic artists who are picking up a respectable list of recent venues across the South Coast and have gathered many new fans in the process, and we’ll be closing the night with our headline act, Purple Smoke.
Fresh from releasing their latest music video for ‘Yesterday‘, lead singer Aaron Middleton’s vocals stand out at every given opportunity, giving the band a distinct and recognisable sound. Aaron tells us that the band are actively working on new music, and have had gained a great deal of traction after their debut on BBC Introducing just over a year ago.
The band manage to change up their set continually, adding acoustic renditions to the already jam-packed stage time. It’s nice to see that they’ve been supporting major artists such as Pretty Vicious and The Sherlocks, and we’re looking forward to seeing them.
Co-headline act Toreador are a rocking three piece ac, with similarities to Royal Blood. They have gone over and above at every set we’ve seen them perform, and the band always gets the crowd moving on their feet in the opening minutes.
The main support comes in the form of an LMSUKmedia favourite, Our Propaganda. Having recently finished their debut album with renowned producer Steve Lyon – Depeche Mode, The Cure, to name a few – the band also boast a weighty gig history spanning over half a dozen countries, sharing the bill with big name acts such as The Answer and Razorlight.
Tyler Collins opens the night on the steps. This 14-year old singer/songwriter has played across the South Coast and is now rapidly gaining pace with support and headline shows at some of the South Coast’s biggest venues. Charlie Forbes brings up the solo support with a guaranteed sing-along set, followed by James Laurence, now solo from his previous Portsmouth band, Sweetener. The Southsea singer will be bringing his popular originals loved by fans as well as covers.
Make sure you get to the Guildhall with plenty of time to spare on Wednesday night, as you won’t want to miss the opening act!