Stag and Dagger Festival: Village Underground 19/05/11
May 20, 2011, 4:13 pm
Filed under: Festival Reviews

Rebecca Black from Echo Lake

The line-up for last night’s Stag and Dagger Festival in Shoreditch was impressive, and with a £13.50 price tag you couldn’t really go wrong!

Although there were some fab bands I would have loved to see, I didn’t fancy running around an area I don’t know well and risk missing the last train home.  So I stuck with the atmospheric and smoky Village Underground which I instantly fell in love with anyway!

At the weekend The Green Door Store’s bottleneck crowd jam had meant I hadn’t been able to see or hear Echo Lake properly and they were on first at the VU.  Their name seems to be everywhere at the moment (and on the NME Radar) so I had high hopes.

Echo Lake

Their ambient tunes filled the space perfectly set off against simple but classy lighting.  Lead-singer Rebecca Black’s Enya-esque velvety vocals blended almost too well into the tangy, dreamy instrumental.  With a voice like hers, she really didn’t need to hide behind the keyboard, although there is a certain charm about her shyness.  Saying that, her voice is so effortlessly strong that with a little more emotion, she could command the stage more.  She told me herself that she has fear of photographs but she’s gonna have to face her fear as this band really have the potential to make it big!  Check out In Dreams.


Mazes brought some 60s rock ‘n’ roll rhythms to the line-up which certainly livened the chilled-out cool crowd.  This Indie band reminds me of  the Bluetones and Buddy Holly (partly because the guitarist looks like him!)  There’s something angsty and adolescent about the lyrics and performance of this band but they pulled it off with high energy, surf-style twangs and some high jumps!  Check out Bowie Knives.

No Joy

The band I had been highly anticipating were No Joy having reached my maximum amount of free plays of them on Spotify. (WTF’s that about?)  With two female vocalists, this band are on a fully packed tour of Europe right now.  This didn’t affect the band’s rampant, head-banging performance.  They’re pretty noisy, messy (spilt drink) and hairy (hide their faces) yet still manage to create a haunting vocal threaded together with impressive guitar thrashing.  I’d recommend their new album but here’s a taster.

Faceless performance


The venue suddenly filled as new bands stepped aside for Wire, 70s British Rock Band who have got a new album this year.  Although they seemed a bit rough round the edges (maybe they’re a little dusty) the new stuff is good.  It’s synthy, it’s effortless, it’s catchy.  (I’m allowing ‘catchy’ as it’s something my Mum would say, and she’s a 70s bird!)


Sadly had to rush off before the end of the night but made lots of friends on the bus/train home.  (Thanks Mr Kopparberg!)

I’m really excited to potentially be going to Dot 2 Dot Festival in Bristol next weekend.  Watch this space!

Bye for now, oh and enjoy the pics!

Miss B x

P.S. For photos of the Amporium Recording Co Launch Night that I blogged last time check out Kraken Photography here.  All the photos in this blog are mine!


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