Tough night for Freek and friends

Headliners Freek.
Headliners Freek.
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Freek plus support, Yorkshire House, Lancaster

Towers, from Preston, fared better with front man Joe and his band-mates owning their small space with the power and prowess usually displayed by bigger metal bands such as We Are The Ocean. Fourth Time Lucky were more pop-punk, able to get the growing crowd to clap along, while others nodded their heads in approval.

Next, Hold My Desire made a lot of noise - their brash, bold sound emphasised by the few hardcore followers up front screaming along when the mic was thrust before them. Final act of the night, headliners Freek, the only group to feature a girl within their line up, struggled - the audience had all but dispersed, and their music was received with little more than polite, quiet applause.

Tonight was a night of real highs and lows for some of the local new talent - only time will tell if any of them will move on to bigger and better things.

REBECCA HASLAM