Sunday 23rd June saw ourselves and Tinderbox collective take over The Mash House in Edinburgh to bring you North by North West 4! We were blown away by a 200 plus person sell out and by the amount of people who showed up to our young persons panel and open mic chat all about how to “Support Your Scene” our charter and commitment we are asking young musicians to buy into in order to improve live music in Edinburgh and foster a real supportive movement around youth music in the city.

(Pointing North perform on the open stage to kick off the night)

We kicked off the event with a floor show from Oi Musica’s youth project Brass Blast – a 30 piece brass band covering party anthems and classics to really set the tonne for the night.

We then moved onto the main stage for the first band of the evening in youth rock band The Citrines

They wowed the sell out crowd and got the room jumping with a set of originals and classic rock covers from Foo Fighters to Rage Against The Machine (and even got told off for starting mosh pits – rock n roll huh?)

Next up was A420, and after the last act and a longer stage changeover, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a slot where the energy might dip, but the Zimbabwean born rapper brought the fire, and kept it burning (as per the lyrics to most recent single) and was backed by an incredible line-up of musicians from Tinderbox Collective including Leo Bacica, Eve Simpson, and Toni McVey. He fuses introspective lyrics, RnB grooves, and catchy melodies to create a sound all his own and had the room absolutely bouncing with a number of great call and response originals.

(A420 backed by L-R Leo Bacica (Bass), Eve Simpson (Keys), Toni McVey (Drums) and Nicola (Vocals)

Headliners Low TideĀ hadn’t played top of a bill in Edinburgh since selling out Sneaky Pete’s for the second time in March of this year on their Scottish Tour, and the homecoming did not disappoint. The young band oozed confidence and swagger from the moment they walked on stage suited and booted to ACDC’s “Back in Black” to the last ring outs of phenomenal flagship single “Greek Islands”. The buzz surrounding these guys was evident in the hysteria created by their audience, with frontwoman Beau Johnston inspiring a front row made up mostly of young females all going nuts for one of their own.

(T-B: Low Tide’s Beau Johnston (Vocals), Isaac Farrier (Guitar), and Danny Gilbert (Drums)

(Some shots of our wonderful Audience)

All in all a great night for young people and all of those watching, the future is bright and North by North West is just getting started!

GY x