Fear Records @ Lancaster Music Festival. 14-17 October 2021
Wow, what a few days we’ve had.
As you will know Fear Records have been one of the proud sponsors of this years Lancaster Music Festival with a number of our roster playing across the four days.
Our most recent signing George Lawson was one of the first acts to perform on Thursday with a set at The Story on Thursday evening.
We were also represented on Friday with another recent signing, Lois, taking her place on the Young And Emerging Artists stage based in Market Square alongside George Lawson and Gloria.
The latter also rocked Lancaster on Saturday evening, so much so label boss Darren took to social media, ‘I’m absolutely gutted that I missed this hometown show from Gloria as it looked special but I did make up for it on Sunday supporting Team Fear!’
The France were the first of our artists on with a 1pm slot at Lancaster Castle. Despite the rain the lads attract a crowd with their finely polished indie pop gems. Although most of the band still suffering from drummer Joe’s engagement party the previous evening they run their accomplished back catalogue and mixed in a couple of strong covers of Stuck In The Middle With You and Go You Own Way. They end their set with Better Off Alone and the fantastic summer tune California!
After a delicious set from The France we move to the Printroom at the Story Institute for the rest of the afternoon for our Showcase Event. We have three performances from the roster; our two new talents, George Lawson and Lois followed by The France. The venue is essentially a Cafe Bar turned venue for the Lancaster Music Festival, it’s compact but there is a real buzz amongst the audience.
George Lawson kicks the afternoon off, openings his set with ‘End Of A Gun’, it grabs the crowds attention. Although the stage is a smaller than that in the Market Square the George owns the space. He’s got a swagger and confidence that makes you imagine him whipping up a large crowd into a frenzy with his infectious pop. He closes his set with ‘You’, and ‘High’. George receives a well deserved rapturous response to his short set, we may be biased but the lad has some proper talent and you can expect big things!
Lois is up next, backed by guitar and keys. The Cafe Bar venue is perfect for the blonde smokey voiced chanteuse. Admittedly I would rather be seeing her preform in a cafe just off the Champs-Élysées on a summer evening rather one in a wet Lancaster! It’s standing room only as she begins, the chattering amongst the audience ends and a silence falls across the room as she begins with ‘Twisting The Wheel’. It’s hypnotic as she effortlessly runs through her set. Lois mentions insecurities she’s had in the past as she introduces a previous release, Miss Walker, but there are none on show this afternoon. There are playful boo’s as she closes her set with, ‘The Way You Are’, a song about falling in love.
To close the afternoon at the Printroom we have The France playing their 2nd set of the day. Following our young guns, the band take the stage looking a little fresher than earlier. They play their set with as much energy as their first (true professionals after all). It’s a slightly shorter set than their first as they focus on their own songs but it means we get to hear their new single ‘Smother’ which will be out before Christmas.
It’s a cracking end to a cracking few days for everyone at Fear Records. It’s been our first involvement with the Lancaster Music Festival and it won’t be the last…