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Live: Skylights & Dirty Laces – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

What a year 2019 has been for emerging talent. Every gig I’ve seen at Brudenell, The Wardrobe, York’s Fulford Arms (the list goes on) have been brilliant and the future of rock music in this country looks very bright. On 27th December, two of the bands ready to take 2020 by storm, took on the Brudenell Social Club playing a very special free show with Bands FC x Dorothy and it was one hell of a night!

Opening the evening were York’s Skylights who I’ve been a big backer of this year. They’ve appeared on my radio show and got in the Halfway 2 Nowhere Top 40 of 2019 with their track Britannia. This year the guys have gone from strength to strength following the release of YRA, their most popular track, and have appeared on Soccer AM, performed with Josh Warrington and many more accolades have gone their way. Their set at Brudenell was nothing short of class. Their rapid 7 song set featured all of their best released tracks, with Take Me Somewhere and Nothing Left to Say the highlights.

It was a pleasure watching these guys on stage for the first time. The energy exuded right from the off with Britannia was refreshing and you could tell they were just having a load of fun on the Brudenell stage. As far as music stories go, this band are just four lads from a York suburb trying to do something special, and at present, they’re absolutely on the right path to do that. New track Enemies stood out from the rest and if that’s the sound of Skylights in 2020, we can expect big things to come their way by the time festival season hits. With a host of festivals already announced, including the epic Bingley Weekender, Skylights are a name you won’t be able to avoid next year!

If I was a band on the circuit, I certainly wouldn’t want to be following an in-form Skylights, especially in Leeds. Dirty Laces though are a band up for any challenge and having never seen the guys before, I was genuinely blown away at how good they were live. Another band that made our Top 40 this year with Back Of The Line, the Manchester band performed a high energy, intense set that was loved by the entire crowd. Since the release of Moving Pictures and Lose Control back in March, Dirty Laces have been heralded as one of the real future talents of new music.

In a recent interview with Ian from H2N, Jacob said “We’re not ungrateful about the comparisons (to Oasis), but we do try to distance ourselves from being that stereotypical Mancunian band.” Seeing these guys live really does prove this. Whilst there’s a Manc twang, this band are unique and their songs really stand out. In that interview the guys revealed they’d recently recorded 8 new demos, how many performed on the night I don’t know, but across their eleven song set, there were some real stand-outs I’m looking forward to learning and hearing more of in 2020.

Credit to Bands FC and Dorothy for putting this show on. It was a great way to end the year and all present enjoyed the two sets from the bands looking to set the next decade alight. Here’s to 2020 and another great year of live music across Yorkshire.

Adam G

Photo Credit: Leeds Gigs

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