I was back on bass duties with the Dying Lights last night, after our eventful double set at the Cavern on Monday for the Liverpool International Pop Overthrow Festival.

This time we were playing a festival organised by ‘Creative Crewe,’ an organisation that aims to get the local community involved in art and music events.

I spoke to the organisation on my show the Doorstep Mixtape a while ago, which you can hear here:


There were unfortunately a fair few issues leading up to the festival, including the need to change venues, band pull outs etc.. but they pulled off a great night under difficult circumstances.

We were originally supposed to be at the Crewe Heritage Centre in the day, but for various reasons this had to move to Coppenhall Working Men’s Club in the evening.

I admit to a certain apprehension as I was expecting a kind of ‘Phoenix Nights’ set up, but I was pleasantly surprised by the big stage and the great sound on the night. We played to a small but appreciate audience and once again were tight with each other as our new 4 piece lineup.

The lights were incredibly hot and we were sweating buckets by the time we went off, but Sheena had to carry straight on with the second set; a gorgeous acoustic set with all kinds of awesome drummer Dave Coomer On Cahon.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you’re a damn fine songwriter Sheena! It was nice to hear your solo songs in this acoustic style.

Some more of my favourite acts were on the bill too, including We Are Nomad and Rivers and Kidd.

Overall a fun evening of great music. Many thanks to everyone involved in putting it on!