One year ago a local Ska band were booked to play a gig at The Old Bridge House in Blackpool. Unfortunately before the day arrived the band parted company. So this left two options for the Luke Fox, 1. apologise profusely and hope that the landlord could get another band in or 2. branch out with his business partner, Kyle Worrall, try something new and hope it works.
Option 2 was selected and White Wolf Productions: Band Nights (WWPBN) was born. White Wolf Productions was formed in May 2013 solely as a composition group catering for the music requirements of visual media.
Rather than let The Old Bridge House down they took a chance and hosted a band night, an event to allow bands to showcase their talents to a wider audience. “That’s just the same as an open mic night” …. sort of. Open mics tend to cater for Singer/songwriters airing their latest work in a more relaxed environment. The Band nights are for bands to get their names out there, whether they are a cover band or one that mixes it up with their own stuff as well. With several bands on the bill you can be assured the music will be heard by new people and, with any luck, come away with some new fans.
Twelve events later and WWPBN have just celebrated their first anniversary with a seven band bill back where it all started. Friday 13th June saw local talent Jekyll, Montagu and The Lost Archives along with four others I had never heard before, two soloists; Abii Hellam and Ryan Cregan, and two more bands; Only We Remain and Black Eddy, come together to aid the celebrations. To be honest having previously lived not more than two minutes away from the pub I was questioning how this would all fit, never knew there was a quite sizeable function room at the back.
The line up ranged from quiet, delicate acoustic sounds, via melodic indie, all out rock and melancholic goth to the tortured screams of alternative. An eclectic mix that worked a lot better than I first imagined. The performances showed, yet again, what a wealth of talent there is in the Blackpool area. Everyone gave it their all to thoroughly entertain the crowd. Whilst not every act was my particular taste you can not fault the ability and commitment of every band member to what they do.
The same be said of Luke and Kyle. They are definitely committed to this avenue of their business and are looking to go bigger and better in the future. With the right attitude, support and guidance I’m sure they will go from strength to strength.
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