Paddy Orange, Blessa, Driftrun and Alvarez Kings: SOYO, Sheffield

SOYO Live keeps going from strength to strength; maybe it’s the cheap drinks, friendly crowds or even the great choice of bands on a Monday night? It could of course be a mixture of all three. Tonight’s line up proves one of the strongest so far this year, so of course we had to check it out.

Paddy Orange decided to take things onto a solo front for tonight’s performance. Whirling around the floor like a man on a mission Orange raps and verses to the crowds. Encouraging people to get involved and move around he seems to have enough energy for the whole of SOYO put together. His set is short, but it’s mightily sweet and word on the street is we’ll be seeing more of him soon.

Blessa are next to hit the stage. Half way into the first song it seems everyone is simply captivated by their presence. Lead singer Olivia is not only striking in voice but stunningly beautiful; it’s hard to take your eyes off her. There’s a slight nervous edge about their performance, slightly shoe gazer though incorporating riffs and beats that have a heavier edge.

After taking a short break Driftrun are back on the scene, complete with new member and new music. Blips and beats move fast alongside Gilly’s moves. It’d be easy to compare their sound with Bloc Party, but there’s something a little deeper and a little more meaningful involved. Addiction was a certainly a standout track and with this, their first gig, it only bodes well and shows promise for Driftrun in the future.

Embarking on a short European tour, Alvarez Kings played their last gig on Sheffield soil. Leading in with Patience is Strength they kept a fast pace throughout their set with songs including You, Me, Them, Us, An Honest Dilemma and finishing with The Sequel. As usual it was a display packed with familiar beats, melodies and a hint of mayhem, it certainly didn’t disappoint. Always a crowd pleaser and a Counterfeit favourite, it was a great way to wave Bon Voyage to the lads.

SOYO is one of the jewels in Sheffield’s music crown, on a Monday night it certainly can’t be beat. On this particular Monday a good night was had, it’s safe to say, by all.