Wednesday, 21 September 2016


Contagious Courageous are big fans of festivals. We have collectively and individually attended both big and small festivals. They are a great way of being able to see an array of bands/artists that are either new to your music taste or are some of your favourites.
AMP Live Presents, are an event management company based in Sheffield which put on amazing events and gigs throughout the year. 
They are putting on a small festival at the start of October on a Friday and Saturday, with acts attending from all over the UK - a lot of which Contagious Courageous have worked with in the past.

We are looking forward to seeing all of the bands over the course of the two days but here are Sophie's top 5 and my (Megan's) top 5.
Sophie's top five line-up choices:

JUDAS - photo credit to Phoebe Fox
From left to right - Todd, James, Sam and John.
This London based four-piece consisting of John Clancy (lead vocals & guitar), Todd Blackmore (guitar & backing vocals), James Phillips (bass & backing vocals) and Sam Horvath (drums) will be taking to the stage of The Rocking Chair, Sheffield on Saturday 8th October at 7pm as AMP Live Festival takes place.
I have now been waiting to see JUDAS for ages but haven't yet had the proper chance which makes me even more excited to see them during AMP Live Festival.
Before the Summer I had heard so many good things about this band through other blogs and social media but since that time I also managed to see that they played Leeds Festival, got a spot on the main stage and smashed it. This was the thing that just solidified me needing to see this band.

Playing the Leeds Festival mainstage! - Photo credit to Andrew Benge
As well as playing the Leeds Festival mainstage, the band have released a self-titled EP, played the Isle of Wight Festival, Kendal Calling, Sound City, Y Not, Truck Festival and Tramlines Festival all in the space of about 2 years, this shows exactly how much talent this band have.
If you are attending the festival and you only see some of the bands - make sure JUDAS are one of them.

From left to right - Robbie, Thomas, George, Mike and Joel
The Sutton alternative / punk five-piece consisting of Joel Douglas (vocals & guitar), Mike Hendry (guitar), Thomas Butler (bass & poetry reciting), Robbie Cottom (keyboard & percussion), George Thompson (drums) will also be hitting the stage of The Rocking Chair, Sheffield on Saturday 8th October but at 7:50pm.
This band are one which I have seen twice before and their past performances have been ones which have made me look forward to seeing them again both last time and this time. Particularly due to them coming back to play the same venue that I saw them in last time.

Playing The Rocking Chair.
With new songs been released by the band since that date which are of different themes and of a more defined sound, although not all of them will be played I am very much looking forward to hearing the ones which can be played.

This band are one of few bands I've seen play in a small space and make it look bigger than it is by their movements and energy.

I definitely recommend catching this band to anyone who is attending AMP Live Festival as I know if they have seen them before and liked it then they'll only be more impressed this time and if they haven't then well they have been missing out and should definitely catch them this time around.


THE BARMINES - photo credit to relevant individual, name could not be found.
From left to right -
 The Leeds based band known as The Barmines consisting of Rob Burton (vocals and guitar), Leam Hayes (guitar), James May (bass) and Liam Lockey (drums and backing vocals) are one which last year played such festivals as Live at Leeds, Party in the Pines and Tramlines.
This year, they have played a sold out Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen and Headrow House, released their singe 'Reliance' which has received worldwide airplay and have also played festivals such as Leeds Fest, Isle of Wight and Tramlines as well as some others.
Live gig from THE BARMINES - photo credit to Will Island
They also this month have embarked on a massive UK tour which has already seen them play and will see them play such venues as a sold out Headrow House (Leeds), City Square Stage (Manchester), O2 Institute (Birmingham), Dublin Castle (London), Electric Circus (Edinburgh), The Cluny (Newcastle), Gullivers (Manchester) and of course the AMP Live Festival in Sheffield.
I managed to catch these boys last month at Blackfest VII where after waiting quite a while to see them I was really glad I finally got to and due to that performance I am very excited to be able to see them again at this festival.
You can catch The Barmines at 5:20pm on Saturday 8th October, don't miss them.       


Frontman Lawrence and guitarist Charles - photo credit to Lewis Evans
SHEAFS are a five-piece band based in Sheffield.
Identifying as indie-rock this quintet were labelled a ‘punk Libertines’ by Christian Carlisle of BBC Introducing Sheffield because of their live performance.
Made up of Lawrence Feenstra (lead vocals), Chris Goodacre (guitar and backing vocals), Callum Wright (bass and backing vocals), Charles Mellor (guitar) and Charlie Eastap (drums) this band have been creating quite a buzz surrounding their live performances.
Their latest single ‘Punchline’ (released 18th March this year) was recorded and produced at 2Fly Studios by Alan Smyth (previously worked with the likes of Richard Hawley and Pulp). This single has received multiple plays on BBC Radio 6 by Steve Lamacq and also on BBC Introducing Sheffield.
Recently they played a sold out gig at The Rocking Chair and also played a Scruff of the Neck promoted gig alongside Manchester’s LIINES, Sheffield’s I Set The Sea On Fire and Doncaster’s The Blinders at Plug.

SHEAFS AT THE FROG & PARROT - photo credit to Lewis Evans
 Also just last July they played a blinding show at Frog & Parrot, Sheffield which was (just like AMP Live Fest is *but at The Rocking Chair rather than Frog & Parrot*) part of the AMP Live Promotions Tramlines event at that venue.

Last time I saw this band was the second time and it was one of the best gigs I've ever been to. The band were amazing and the crowd were insane.

These boys definitely have a loyal following in Sheffield and I'm sure they will turn out for the AMP Live Festival where I'm sure the guys of SHEAFS will deliver just as high performance a show.

Everyone attending this festival on the Saturday or for the whole two days, make sure you do not miss SHEAFS at The Rocking Chair, Sheffield on the Saturday at 10:20pm whatever you do.


At Y-Not Festival - photo credit to the relevant individual, name could not be found.
From left to right - Oliver, Charlie and Matt
ADELPHI are another band which I saw at this years Tramlines at Frog & Parrot however this was the first time I had seen the band live and I thought they were pretty amazing, I will now be seeing them again at AMP Live Festival which I am very much looking forward to.
This three-piece from Sheffield consisting of Matt Longden (guitar & vocals), Oliver King (vocals & guitar) and Charlie Bentham (bass) as well as Richard Hunter on drums for their live shows, this band formed back in 2014.

Shortly after they released their first track 'Hip shaker' and this was described by Indiependent as 'upbeat and truly rock and roll'. Following this the band began gaining a fan base and played an array of local shows.

ADELPHI playing City Square Stage
Since then the boys have released many more tracks and as well as playing many intimate gigs across the North of England. When they recorded their track 'Firing Line' at 2FLy Studios back in 2015, this received a lot of local support and got aired on BBC 6 Music by Steve Lamacq. Following the release of the track, the band got invited by Joe Green (Milburn / Dead Sons) to play The Riverside in Kelham Island.

The band have also had support slots with the likes of Frankie and the Heartstrings and The Ordinary Boys. They also (as pictured above) got to play a matchday performance at City Square Stage at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.

This year they played such festivals as Y-NOT and Tramlines.

These achievements show just how good this band are. They are definitely one to come down and see at AMP Live Festival so make sure you are at The Rocking Chair, Sheffield for 3:40pm on Saturday 8th October.
Megan's top five line-up choices:

photo credit - Alberto Pezzali

Sisteray are an indie-rock band from Camden, consisting of Niall Rowan - vocals, Dan Connelly - guitar, Mike Hanrahan - bass and Marco Polo - drums. I reviewed their Double A Side Single of 'Back to Yours' and 'A Wise Man Said' back in February and was one of my first reviews of a band. I loved working with the band and was baffled when I heard their song playing in TopShop. I'm glad that I get to see the band play for the first time.

Sisteray will be playing on Friday 7th October at 6:30pm

The Blinders

photo credit to Sam Crowston

The Blinders are an alternative 3 - piece band from Doncaster - based in Manchester, consisting of Tom Haywood - lead vocals and guitar, Charlie McGough - bass and Matty Neale - drummer. Being a big fan of the band and their music, I have seen them many of times at different venues. Each performance is given 110% and they are the nicest set of lads you will meet.

The Blinders will be playing on Friday 7th October at 8:10pm


photo credit to Ruby Flashman

Paves are a rock 'n' roll London based band consisting of Luke Shield - lead vocals and guitar, Mike Whitaker - lead guitar, Perry Read - bass and backing vocals and Tom Triggs - drums. I have also seen the band live before at one of my local venues and was very impressed with their stage presence and individual style. I am thrilled to be able to see them again as the gave a great performance.
Paves will be playing on Friday 7th October at 9:50pm.

photo credit to photographer, name couldn't be found
The SSS are an indie Sheffield band consisting of Josh Coddington - lead vocals, Tom Forster - guitar, Morgan Somers - guitar, Cal Atherton - bass and Max Smith drum. I have seen this band at the Leadmill and loved the amount of support from the audience as the band gave their all during their set.
The SSS will be playing on Friday 7th October at 10:40pm.

Glass Caves

photo credit to Pete Hugo

Glass Caves are an alternative rock band from Pontefract, consisting of Matt - vocals, Connor - guitar, Will - bass and Elliot - drum. I heard of this band a couple of years ago as my friend saw them busking, I was just getting into different types of music at that point so gave them a listen. They were so unique to me that I kept up with listening to newer music. Hopefully I get to see them live for the first time.

Glass Caves will be playing on Saturday 8th October at 23:10pm


Other bands such as; Broken Witt Rebels, I Kept The Wolves Away, Kashmere and more will be playing throughout the two days.



Full Weekend Ticket - Advance - £11 plus booking fee
OTD - £14
Day Tickets - Advance - £7 plus booking fee
OTD £9

Friday 7th October - doors open at 5pm

Saturday 8th October - doors open at 1pm

- Meg x

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