Vulture Garden Party - 31 July 2010
On Sat 31st July I ventured to the Vulture Garden Party in East London. The party - in its 3rd year - hosted the event in East London for this year only so I figured it was a perfect opportunity to catch the festival vibe in the heart of London. I am always a bit hesitant on East London events, never sure what to expect in terms of artists and crowd but this was quite cool upon arrival. The warehouse and parking lot housing the party was kitted out with hay bails and even a mini trailer to really up the country side vibe!
The first band to grace the stage was UP - http://www.myspace.com/thebandcalledup. With influences such as WHAM and Durran Durran, UP is 80's pop with a rock edge and aggressive vocals. Their music was really upbeat and a great start to the party. They had wicked energy throughout the set not to mention they are an incredibly sweet and talented group of guys.
Next up was Mark Hole - http://www.myspace.com/markhole. I cannot say enough good things about this man. He was literally a one-man-show which makes sense after reading his myspace which describes him as a gifted actor. His voice was INCREDIBLE! He is a naturally gifted singer and his lyrics alone are enough to entertain any crowd. I love when musicians make that extra effort to connect with the crowd and he definitely delivered. His music went from slick and soulful to hilarious with songs such as "Good Bush, Bad Bush, Goodbye Bush" inspired by The Book of Filth which he highly recommends everyone to check out.
Next up was Kurran and the Wolfnotes - http://www.myspace.com/kurranandthewolfnotes. These guys were hilarious! As with Mark Hole they connected with the audience through jokes, ramblings, and describing their songs and I loved it. I would describe the sound as california folk rock. I kept thinking California the whole set! The lead singer - originally from New York - sang some intriguing songs including Whatabitch...check it out on myspace for yourself!
The beautiful Kyla La Grange was next up in this line-up of talented acts - http://www.myspace.com/kylalagrange. I have seen Kyla before so I knew what to expect..soulful enchanting lyrics and incredible energy. Her voice is so amazing and lovely, she is such a treat to watch live and I am sure her career is set to take off very soon.
Headlining the night was Norwegian Glam Jazzer Eric Ness - http://www.ericness.co.uk. Eric comes complete with a 6...sometimes 7-piece band! Each musician delivers such energy and diversity to the performance. Even before the set began, I knew it was going to be a unque experience and completely different from any band in London. Eric's music takes you back to the best of swing, jazz, and big band, it's a musical journey and a celebration of some of the best musical genres all packed into one band! The back-up singers added the perfect touch of sweetness to the show and the flute and mandolin enhance Eric's incredibly unique sound. Overall this is the type of band you have to see live - the energy and engaging style gets the crowd going and Eric encouraged the crowd to get up and dance! If you can, check out Eric's next performance at Proud Camden on Tues 03 Aug alongside new projects from Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things, and Milburn.