Review and photo by Chloe West
First on the bill are New Education, their set compromising of jangly pop/rock, combined with clear funky bass. Formed at the beginning of the year, the quartet certainly haven’t wasted any time in creating a professional sound, at times comparable to the recently split Milburn. ‘Great Escape’ begins to work the crowd, and from this point the movement doesn’t cease. Following this, singer Ryan Dooley requests that a couple at the front are a little less affectionate as he didn’t reckon the girl involved could ‘take anymore’. Lovely. Maybe the next song, ‘Quiet Night In’ would have been more appropriate for the pair concerned! With what seems to be a busy summer for the band as they play various slots around the country, New Education were certainly an impressive start to the night.
Kicking off with ‘Freakshow’ The Sport have their usual confidence about them, commanding the stage. Nic Andrews could be easily be described as one of the best frontmen Stoke has to offer, powerful vocals bellowing from nowhere, the mic wire wrapping around his slender frame. ‘
Unfortunately for headliners The Displacements, ‘the roof top tiles’ is where many of the audience remained as they played, resulting in a clear lack of atmosphere. Having previously seen them supporting the Courteeneers a few months back, this performance was not to the same standard, although the absence of a strong crowd must be disheartening. Without their usual youthful enthusiasm, the songs slip into almost background music at times, missing the kick they are renowned for. Nevertheless they still present popular songs such as ‘AKA’, delivering their upbeat, pop sound with elements of their classic indie influences. Set-ender ‘Down and Out’, their new single, is a perfect example of how the