Another Costa Coffee Acoustic night hit the town on Saturday courtesy of Anton Road Studios and Max Sound and was hosted in the Arena at The Lights Theater. As well as an excellent line up of local musicians, the headline act for the evening featured Champs – an upcoming group featuring two brothers from the Isle of Wight.

Max Gifford had the daunting task of opening the performances yesterday evening and rose to the challenge incredibly well. His performance was bold, bringing a mix of original works and covers to the Lights arena.

Matt Bird followed and whilst he wasn’t on the advertised list of acts for the evening, his music definitely did not disappoint. He got the audience into the swing of things with Jungle Book favourite ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ and followed it with a few covers and some of his own work including ‘Caught in the headlights.’

Outside Central followed Matt Bird’s performance and consisted of Hugh Reilly-Smith, Charley Robinson, Matthew Carter and Kurt Mothersole on the drums. They created an interesting acoustic sound with Guitars, vocals and drum box.

Emma Lawrence joined the line up all the way from Newbury and shared some of her own songs with a mix of covers. One of her own pieces including song ‘You Are.’ Her voice provided a sweet yet strong accompaniment to the predominantly male line up for the evening. She even had some of her own dedicated fans with her, the youngest being just seven years old and who often follows her as she tours the local area with her music.

Following Emma Lawrence’s performance was The Revenant, a four piece band influenced by the Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys and The Vaccines. Unfortunately the drummer was missing but the performance definitely wasn’t lacking and they shared some of their own creations as well as covers including Radioactive by Imagine Dragons and Dakota by the Stereophonics.

In Darklight were the final local act of the evening before the headline act performed and included Louis Sellers, the host for the nights events. They are formed of brothers Louis and Ben along with Ross Archer on the guitar. Their music went down very well with the audience and included some of their own creations including ‘Futureless.’ The guitar work was unique, inventive and captivating and the vocals accompanied each other incredibly well to create an addictive sound that held the audience captivated.

Champs began their performance around 10:30pm and had travelled from the Isle of Wight to attend the event. They had just finished their European tour and performed songs from their debut album which is available now – Downlight Gold. The two brothers from Ventnor on the Isle of Wight complimented each others voices perfectly with their breezy and melodic tones. Whilst their lyrics were often melancholy, their voices lifted each piece that they performed into a new realm.

Louis Sellers thanked everyone at the end for performing, attending and helping and promised that there are more Acoustic nights in the works and that they are spreading further afield having already been to Basingstoke and preparing to venture to Winchester. To keep up to date head over and like the Costa Coffee Acoustic Nights page on facebook!

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