Outlines Festival 2017 got underway on Friday 3rd March with a bang. Here’s my top three of Day 1.
Casting a curse over the capacity crowd at The Harley was Brighton quartet, The Wytches. Polar opposites of Friday’s headline band, Slow Club, playing on the other side of the city, the grunge rockers conjured an unrelenting performance within the claustrophobic surroundings of the venue. With mosh pits and spilled drinks to compliment, this wasn’t one for the faint of heart.
Soon after The Wytches took to the small, dimly lit stage, the crowd was transformed into a swelling mass, bouncing and moving as one to the jarring riffs. With an unfaltering edge to their performance, the intensity and energy generated by the music was mirrored in the atmosphere. The show-stealer of a performance was more than fitting end to the first day of Outlines Festival 2017.
Despite the rain pouring outside, there was nothing that could dampen the enthusiasm for what was to come: The Crookes. The illustrious Sheffield quartet was set to take over The Leadmill with their vibrant brand of buoyant indie music, and the anticipation was palpable. Greeted by the warmest of welcomes when they took to the stage, the returning heroes treated Sheffield to a set no one wanted to end.
Gorgeous crooning vocals set against a backdrop of effervescent music dripping with euphoria was a combination that instantly captivated the entire crowd. Jubilant mosh pits were quick to form and didn’t stop; prompting front man, George Waite, to exclaim his disbelief that ‘Roman Candle’ sustained a pit. The set, and the atmosphere it created, not only drove away the rain, but captured the spirit of Outlines, leaving everyone wanting more.
Being the first band to perform at any festival is no easy feat, yet The Seamonsters made it look effortless. The all-female, Sheffield-based, indie band assured everyone their set would be a glittery one, and they didn’t disappoint.
Glitter adorning the faces of all six members, they captivated all in attendance with gloriously bright vocals juxtaposed against tight riffs. A set that truly got us in the mood for Outlines and all the music that would follow.
Words by Ryan Newsam