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October Drift

A hot, sunny Saturday in the middle of summer. Just the sort of day to be basking in the heat, but the quality of the musical offering at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club more than justified sacrificing the sunshine for the darkened stages indoors.

Now in its second year, WTTN is a well-organised mini-festival taking place solely at the Brudenell, with bands playing alternately back-to-back in the Main Room and Games Room throughout the afternoon and evening.

This year was a strong line-up, with my own particular highlights being the discovery of scouser singer-songwriter Nick Ellis, a fine set from local psychedelic lads The Strawberries, a highly-impressive performance from York’s The Howl and the Hum and some fantastically-catchy songs from The Sundowners.

October Drift

However, there’s a band that continue to impress more each I time I see them. Their live performances are the most energetic I’ve seen; their music is organic, polished and loud. October Drift really do have everything, and this really was something of a coup following their very recent performance (to glowing reviews) at this year’s Glastonbury.

George Holmes and his team deserve praise for putting on such a high-quality event, attracting a good crowd throughout the day to see a wealth of talent in what has become Leeds’ best fresh music venue.