Fundraising aside, this was a magnificent showcase for not just Philophobia, but for Wakefield itself, an unfashionable West Yorkshire city with a burgeoning pool of talent that deserves to be seen and heard. Early sets from Sux Blood and Yard Wars got the early arrivers in the mood for the day ahead, while a generous buffet, which included the now legendary “beer rocks” kept everyone fuelled.
An eclectic days entertainment continued from the indie rock of One Day, After School to the psychedelic strains of Kneezard and the snarling rock of Climbing Alice, each band as pleasing to the ear as they were different in style.
As the audience grew through the evening, the aural pleasure grew in equal measure, with exquisite performances from Piskie Sits whose interaction with the punters was every bit as enjoyable as a set laced with material being sampled for the first time which suggested some excellent new tracks in the offing.
One of Wakefield’s biggest musical assets, The Spills performed a masterful thirty minutes that showed exactly why they had attracted the attention of highly respected independent label Alcopop! while Leeds guests The Reacharounds led the evening to an emotional, yet celebratory end as local stalwarts The Ainsley Band brought the Saturday to a close on what would be their final appearance.
In all, the evening helped raise £1090.86 for Philophobia Music, with those who couldn’t attend offering to make donations regardless.
Sometimes good things DO happen to good people.
If you’re interested in helping Philophobia continue to support local artists you can still donate to the fundraiser by clicking here.