For our third gig night we gave it a new look, new name and a new feel. We decided to name the event “Glitch presents… After Hours”, this is down to the fact that we felt as the group that we needed to give the band nights their own identity. So we came up with the idea of ‘Glitch presents’, as we could use it for several different events that we can create in future, and ‘After Hours’ as the gigs normally take place at night. This wasn’t the only change on the night though…
The first act was Yan Hender who is a well known in the local area. It was meant to be Garin Hughes, unfortunately Hughes pulled out at the last minutes, and thankfully Hender was able to fill his slot! His style was a mixture of laid back, chilled out acoustic songs and more fasted paced numbers. These songs included numbers by Ed Sheerans and a couple of songs that he had written yourself. Overall I thought that Hender was a good solid way to kick off our gig night and would happily have him at another one of our gig nights in the future.
Our second act was AP Cooper who preformed at the Festival No.6 last year. His style was some what similar to Henders, however while he was indeed acoustic AP Cooper’s was a lot faster paced and had more of a jaunty like feel to his music. For a couple of songs AP Cooper invited up two of his friends to play along side him, one on the bass guitar and the other on a Cajón, (the drum you sit on). Overall I quite like his style of music, and I particularly liked his final song, which was a rendition of “Once A Caught a Fish Alive”.
CaStLe was our final act and it was the first time that we had a full fledge band on one of our gig nights. They were a lot louder than any other band that we had previously at our gig nights. However, they were quite good with there being a nice infusion of psychedelic rock, blues and dancy grooves. They sang several different songs that were all off their several albums. They were the perfect way to end the night with a bang.
This was the first gig night that we had which offered more of an activity for the people attending the gig. So we came up with the idea of having Doodle Plinth, which was an old disused display plinth from the gallery that people could draw on in various ways. This worked really well as people filled up both of the plinths with their various doodles. People even started to draw in the insides of the plinths!! However, I while people did like them they were originally meant to be designed for feedback and people to give their thoughts and feels on the gig, however in this aspect it didn’t go so well.
Another new element we had was projections. These were placed just by the stairs and were projecting various different images from ‘And’, (our current gallery in Mostyn) on to the wall. The pictures and video had been changed and various effects placed upon them. However, the projections were place by the stairs, and people were not allowed to use the stairs as we did not have enough time to untangle the lights we normally use. Which was a shame really. We also played around with the layout of the gigs, for the first two gigs we had the acts in the left room of the café, but this time we tried it in the right room. However, while this worked and looked better we noticed that most people tended to stay in the room on the left as that was were the majority of tables and chairs were. This meant that for the first act at least no one was watching the act preformed. But for the last two acts people started to filter into the other room, but I felt that most of our audience was not engaging with the music as much as the first two gigs. We also had a lot more decorations and lighting pieces around the room, which really added to the feel and look of the night.
In conclusion then I feel that the first of the gig nights branded as “After Hours” worked very well, and the use of ‘Glitch Presents’, was a good move as well could use it for future events. We had three great acts that all worked well together and gave the night a nice, more gig like feel that previous nights. The experimentation with the plinths worked very well, as the audience loved the, but the experimentation with the positioning of the bands didn’t go so well.
Written and photographed by Conner Davies.