ok, things didn't go quite to plan with this review - for a start my original draft was 500 words plus, which i then had to hack away at to get it within the 350 word quota.
when i went online yesterday to view the final piece in the digital version there were pages missing (from a digital newspaper??!!) so i had to wait til i could get my hands on a printed copy
and when i do i found that they forgot to credit a talented young photographer!!
so lets put afew things straight with my 'director's cut' of the article....
Giggin' Enfield @ Milfield Arts Centre 16.01.10
or as the paper titled it
Rising talent gets a run of the Millfield
which isn't a bad headline actually
Back at Millfield Arts Centre for their first gig of 2010, Giggin' Enfield shows that it means business with a saturday night billing crammed full of young local talent.
opening proceedings and representing Broomfield, Winchmore, Highlands and Edmonton County Schools respectively were Decade, Nothing To Display, Hidden Agenda and Faded Parade, treating the receptive audience to two cover versions each.
Renditions of recent hits by Kelly Clarkson, Kings Of Leon, Fall Out Boy and Black Kids all featured among the two song sets prompting sing-alongs from the gathered audience of peers and proud parents and perhaps even Enfield's Mayor, Cllr Eleftherios Savva, who was in attendance felt moved to get his groove on to a crowd pleasing cover of Micheal Jackson's Beat It delivered by Hidden Agenda.
the stage was then taken by the raptorously recieved Turin Grove alumni, Unforgiven, the popular band upped the ante by previewing two new and original tracks, playing with plenty of rock attitude as they brought a close to the first half of the show.
after a brief break the second half showcased dance troupe Swift, popping, locking and breaking to a soundtrack that was a musical journey through time that encompassed everything including disco, upfront R'n'B, James Brown, funky house skanks and Elvis, treating Millfield to a little Diversity style entertainment.
An absolutely show stealing turn was put in by Paris Rabone and The Rainchecks, strictly motown influenced in terms of sound, style and naming of his backing band, visibly elated by being on the stage and performing,Paris is adored by the crowd and returns the amore.
Giggin' Enfield veterans Worst Case Scenario formed in '05 and are all still ridicously young and amazingly talented which makes me feel horrifically old, but i won't hold that against them nor will i not heap praise on their short set consisting of two original songs before bowing out and raising the roof with a rousing rendition of We Will Rock You.
next up were newcomers, Unexpected, a group that only formed just over three months ago but already show signs of giving some of Enfield's heaviest bands a run for their money as they kick off with a Queens Of The Stone Age cover before turning their attentions to Metallica and closing with a track of their own.
and the whole affair was rounded off with a super performance from a superband fronted by 5 different female vocalists and encompassing members of local acts The Fiestys, Unforgiven (again) and No Less, they all shared the stage and shared the glory as they brought proceedings to a close dressed up as thirty years worth of musical stereotypes and covering noughties anthems by Pink, Wheatus, Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne (complete with a health and safety baiting skateboard onstage).
even with an extended review (the article appearing in The Enfield Advertiser had to be squeezed down to 350 words) i could still never do enough justice in detailing any of the acts involved, and it wasn't even just the bands, the sound engineering, lighting and stage management were also overseen by young people and the dedication shown by all those involved and the fact that these oppurtunities exist is vital to the future of Enfield's vibrant music scene.
credit where it's due:
photography by Stephanie Brown