Thursday December 6th saw the most talented of Loughborough’s musicians gather for a one off concert in aid of the Visual Communication Degree Show scheduled for June 2013. “The Gig Night”, organised by Graphic Communication student Tom Dunlop, consisted of performances Stephen and Cathryn, Owen Wilson, Friend of a Friend, Abian, Midnight Wire and BAMBOOMAN.

First to take to the spotlight was duo Stephen and Cathryn, with Stephen on piano and Cathryn vocals. They performed a range of low-key songs from Adele to Bonnie Raitt, beautifully played and beautifully sung.

Next was singer and guitarist, Abian. Demonstrating a complex and very high level of guitar skills, Abian performed a range of songs both fast and slow, similar to the style of Newton Faulkner and Jack Johnson. He showed off not only a great singing voice, but also his talent for rapping and song writing.

Although not written on the programme, student Owen Wilson was up next. Also following the singer-songwriter style, Owen performed a majority of his own songs, resembling the music of John Mayer. His personality shone through as he interacted with the audience and ended his set with none other than a cover of Post-Man Pat!

Friend of a Friend, the band of Label’s very own Online Editor George Mostyn, was next. Composed of Jack, George, Zac, and Rich, Friend of a Friend used this opportunity to showcase some of their new material, whilst banging out a few of their classics. The band stuck to their original and unique jazz style with the use of a trumpet in the occasional song too.

In true rock star style, the penultimate act, Midnight Wire turned up fashionably late but ready to go.  Midnight Wire, a four-piece indie rock band from Leicester, only formed a year ago but have already found relative success. Resembling the Libertines in live performance style and with bags of energy, the band literally danced around the room, including on top of the bar during their final song, much to the appreciation of the bar staff!

BAMBOOMAN, from Leeds, ended the night by doing a DJ set using drum pads. Overall, the night ran smoothly from start to finish and was a fantastic opportunity to show case the Loughborough music talent that is often over looked. I very much hope that similar events take place in the future!


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