The Liverpool music scene is undoubtedly coming to the forefront in recent years, with the likes of Circa Waves, The Wombats and Clean Cut Kid headlining multiple shows and featuring in numerous festivals.

Amongst all these musicians comes The Jackobins. Fresh from Leeds Festival and straight into their UK tour, they certainly put on an amazing show this weekend at The Plug. It quickly became clear to see why this six-piece have repeatedly sold out prestigious venues since their formation in 2014.

The Kavaliers, a five-piece band from Doncaster, prepared the stage for The Jackobins. After recently working with Alan Smyth (music producer for Arctic Monkeys, Pulp) this is a group to look out for. Tom Statham, the group’s main vocals, warmed up the crowd with his liveliness and engagement. The Stone Roses’ influence on the band could be heard in Paul Beel’s guitar riffs throughout the set, adding to their overall Brit Pop sound. The Kavaliers can definitely be seen as a rarity, one of the few successful up and coming bands from Doncaster.

Playing their biggest venue in Sheffield to date, the group certainly proved their right to be there through their outstanding performance. Their sound can be compared to that of The Clash, with a predominant bassline throughout their songs provided by John Whittingham. I’ve never seen a lead singer as energetic as Dominic Bassnett who managed to maintain his amazing vocals whilst jumping about the stage. The band played most of their newly released album Hasty, slipping in a few old favourites from their first EP Ghosts. The crowd was also treated to a rare performance of Ghost’s self titled single, which really showed off the groups musical talents.

If there is a band you need to see in 2016 it is definitely The Jackobins, all tour dates can be found on their social media and their new album Hasty is available to be streamed and downloaded now.

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Branwyn Harris


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