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Audlem rocks in style through lunar eclipse

4th March 2007 @ 12:12pm – by Audlem Webteam
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A far from Chilli night in Audlem Scout and Guide Hall, the refurbished building is rocking in to the 21st Century following its official opening last Tuesday. On a night that saw a spectacular lunar eclipse, Audlem put on a Saturday night showcase of local bands equally as impressive. Although Gaston could not make an appearance he sent a message with the host for the evening, Colin Cliffe, expressing "'is regretzzz."

The Strangers opened to a packed hall, well over a 100, but this did not phase this emerging 3-piece band of 11 year olds from Audlem St James' School. A tear in a few parents' eyes, as they played 5 of their own songs to an appreciative audience.

Next up The Acoustics, a little insight in to the vocal talents of Kirsty Emerton and acoustic guitar playing of Jack Marshall – two stunning songs in Jose Gonzalez' 'Heartbeat' and a Jam favourite 'My English Rose'.

What followed can only be described as a stunning debut performance by Ipcress, reminiscent of the Hacienda in its glory days. This was their first time out as a band and yes, they did make their mark with a fantastic set – look out for their next gig.

The legendary local band The Defense next took the stage, trying to fool us all as Jack Marshall opened with Mr Gonzalez's Heartbeat! However they soon reverted to the tight knit punk outfit they are. A few favourites and a few new songs flowed in to this set. It's hard to believe that this band has been on the scene for 4 years and is still delivering an exciting driven set.

Final band for the evening Hollow Floor took the stage. Despite the audience disappearing to see the Lunar Eclipse at one stage, the hall saw the place on its feet appreciating the music. Hollow Floor played a mix of their own songs and versions of covers from the likes of Morrisey, the Jam, oh and yes the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby – though not as you'd know it.

A fantastic evening all agreed, and we can't forget the chilli – served in abundance, both meat and vegetarian, with a few of Gaston's French sticks! A well supported 'Hot Chilli' evening to warm the cockles.


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