Rock, Soul, Acoustic, Punk, Electronica, our Sunday at Sonder Festival certainly showcased a diverse range of music.
Camens had the difficult task of opening The Ruby Lounge on the final day of Sonder Festival, when it’s a sunny Sunday evening I’m sure most people were outside with a pint enjoying the last of the sunshine. So even though they were playing mostly to other bands and a couple of members of the press Camens from stoke-on-trent played with energy and determination with some solid rock tracks.
We only managed to catch the last couple of tracks of Ben Fenner but he was playing to a packed crowd in Gullivers and his brand of soul, pop, singer/songwriter was certainly entertaining.
Katie O’Malley wowed the crowd with her wistful, enchanting vocal over a delicately picked guitar, she was subtly backed by drums, keys and bass. The crowd at Gullivers was so silent and attentive throughout that you could probably hear a pin drop.
Liines struck you with a wall of noise their powerful post punk, hit you with throbbing bass lines, harsh guitar and piercing vocals. A great contrast to Katie O’Malley’s and it was good to rock out for a while with them on a Sunday evening. The Manchester based three piece have just released there Double A-Single Dissapear // Be Here.
We ended the festival where we began back in the Soup Kitchen to watch XTALK, over the years I have seen Sarah de Warren of XTALK develop from a reflective and soulful singer-songwriter into a full blown electronic dance act. XTALK has merged Sarah de Warren’s introspective songwriting with Feri Gyemant music production and they are already getting noticed with a performance at Kendall Calling and being shortlisted to play Glastonbury 2016.