Before I go any further, I will admit, I am not the biggest rock fan. As you may be able to tell from my blog, the main genres I enjoy listening to are acoustic, pop and indie. But, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy listening to rock music sometimes.So, takedown for me was not only a music festival but a further insight into the world of rock and metal, and wow was it music overload but for all the right reasons.
Takedown Festival is currently in its 3rd year, but this was the first time for me. I had no idea what to expect from a rock festival held at a university campus, but my expectations were completely obliterated by just how enjoyable and fun the day was.
After arriving on the campus and finding my way around the different stages I saw the first band, a local favourite of mine, 6 Minutes to Sunrise who, although they were one of the lighter bands of the day, still stood their ground with a great, energetic and up beat set which started off the day perfectly.
One of the most exciting stages of the day for me was the Introducing stage. This is where local bands such as Ugly Love and Six Minutes to Sunrise played as well as other undiscovered bands such as Tale of Two Cities and Empire. It was one of the smaller stages but still created a wall of sound and also often gathered quite a large crowd at times. This stage was the place to be to see the future rock stars doing what they do best. There certainly was no lack of talent coming from this stage.
Apart from some of the fantastic local and undiscovered artists who played here, one of the highlights was the performance by Kids in Glass Houses who recently announced after being together for 8 years that they are going to split up. This was going to be their last Southampton gig and it was definitely a set to remember.
I won’t give away too much about some of the other performances as these will be reviewed separately but needless to say the day was a major success. The lighting, atmosphere and sound all contributed to a fantastic event.
If you do get a chance to go to Takedown Festival in the future and you like rock or metal I would definitely recommend it. I must admit I now like quite a few more rock bands than before the event and this is all down to this event!