Downstairs in the Three Crowns pub in Stoke Newington High Street, something of a rock and roll revival took place on Monday night. The ‘rediscovery’ of Blues and Rock and Roll has been brewing amongst the next generation of bands and artists over the last few years, with The Strypes and Jake Bugg rising to prominence fairly rapidly and hailed as a welcome return to the ‘authentic’ sounds of the mid-twentieth century. There is something of a scene building up, including QM’s own Smokey Taboo (formerly known as Thieves) and tonight’s headliners Hidden Charms.
Upstairs from the bar and restaurant at Oslo is its 600 capacity music venue, tonight playing host to Port Isla’s biggest headline show to date. Fresh from supporting big name acts in the indie folk scene such as James Bay and Kodaline, Norwich based Port Isla are set to have a big year ahead of them, with numerous Radio 1 plays under their belt and a swathe of festival appearances coming up this summer.
St John on Bethnal Green is much like any other London venue apart from the fact that the man serving you at the bar is wearing a church dog collar, the toilets are downstairs in the crypt and there is a hushed atmosphere unlike any other gig I’ve been to. The church setting complimented the ethereal, uplifting vibes Sivu’s music gives off. Sadly we missed the first support act but the second, the softly spoken Sophie Jamieson, offered a very promising set up for what was to come.