20th July | Rough Trade

This summer has seen an excellent run of live music events in Bristol, the newest being the first So Young Bristol All Dayer at Rough Trade, a collaboration between So Young magazine and Wax Music. With a brilliant line-up of some of the most exciting new bands and artists from across the country, the day was certainly set to be a welcome addition to Bristol’s summer offerings. Unfortunately, likely due to the popularity of the always-packed Bristol Harbour Festival around the corner and the warm weather, the So Young Bristol All Dayer didn’t manage to attract the audience that its stellar line-up deserved.

The day seemed to get off to a slightly shaky start, with the first bands taking to the stage fifteen minutes late and a very small turnout. I caught local band, Swallow Cave first who played the event before heading to The Louisiana later in the day to play the Bristol Harbour Festival. Their set started off somewhat timidly, perhaps knocked by the delay to their performance, but they soon won me over with their infectious shoegaze indie and it was a shame there were not more people at the venue to support them.

Up next was Stroud’s Katy J Pearson, formerly of duo Ardyn. The turnout was still fairly quiet, but she enchanted those of us that were there with her unique vocals and warm, memorable melodies. I feel like we will soon be hearing a lot more from Katy and I am sure next time she will perform for a bigger crowd as she deserves.

Following this was something completely different from London punks, Italia 90, a band fast becoming well known for putting on brilliant, rowdy live shows and they certainly lived up to this reputation. Luckily for this set, the crowd was starting to grow and the band had no problems getting them involved singing and jumping along to their own brand of punk. Undoubtedly, the highlight from them was the popular ‘New Factory’ which went down a storm.

The penultimate band of the day was Lady Bird, one of the most exciting up-and-coming punk bands in the UK. Signed to fellow Kent punks Slaves’ label, Girl Fight Records, the trio have attracted a dedicated following since putting out a series of impressive singles over the last couple of years. Live, these songs were even more likeable and fun than on record, particularly the catchy singalong anthem ‘Boot Fillers’ and the raucous ‘Spoons’. The band had great rapport with the crowd both during and in between songs all throughout their forty-minute set, getting the (now larger) audience going.

To finish off the night, we were treated to a fifty-minute set from London indie-pop newcomers, The Rhythm Method. A perfect way to end the day, the duo performed the best of their deservedly hyped output. With lyrics that manage to tackle important issues of today, such as austerity and the divisions within our society, in a poignant yet humorous tongue-in-cheek way, it’s no surprise that The Rhythm Method have struck a chord in the way they have.

All in all, the So Young Bristol All Dayer was an enjoyable day of impressive new music. If it returns, I hope it does so at a time where it doesn’t have to sit in the shadow of a bigger, more popular event and can somehow avoid a heatwave!

See the video for The Rhythm Method’s ‘Chin Up’ here: