The first Resurrection Festival kicks off, almost literally, at the Kazimier with an assorted bag of music which frustrates and delights Getintothis’ Andy Minnis in equal measure.
Arriving late on Friday evening, I’d heard stories leaking out of big overruns and a shambolic atmosphere but that, paradoxically, made me more curious.
Somehow things are always more interesting when they don’t go according to plan and this festival seems a bit fated in that regard – the whole event was moved across town from The Black-E at the last minute because of undisclosed problems.
With family commitments delaying my attendance, we miss talented GIT Award nominee Esco Williams (pictured above), but did catch the end of contemporaries, Coffee and Cakes for Funerals.
We had a high expectation of this up and coming band but the songs Getintothis caught were somewhat lacklustre, which perhaps just reflected the feel inside the venue.
Coffee & Cakes for Funerals live at Resurrection Festival
The Tapestry, a young Indie group followed adding more energy to the room with their own gaggle of dancing fans bringing the previously empty dance floor to life.
Catchy yet rough round the edges tunes allowed saw our attention drift, and at times the small crowd dancing were more impressive than what was going down on stage. A free CD handed out while the band strutted about was a nice touch.
The more established quartet Get Back Colquitt were instantly more engaging; providing a clearer, cleaner, more deft sound.
Tight vocals, great riffs and nuanced layered guitars, they fuse The Strokes with Two Door Cinema Club. However, the set was sadly cut short due to the previous overruns, something the band were clearly and understandably annoyed about.
‘Thanks for 20 minutes of your time,‘ snarled the group as they left stage. The band deserved a bigger audience, more attention and more time.
Rotter’s Club live at Resurrection Festival
The closing act of day one was folk band Bird. With patchy attendance throughout the day, the crowd had grown even smaller as they began.
Their performance made up for the flat atmosphere, however, with sweet vocals via Adéle Emmas, electric/acoustic dynamics and hypnotic harmonies their psych-folk sound provided real depth.
Their set provided a mellow climax to a night which had a somewhat fraught feel to it.
Pictures courtesy of Graeme Lamb