What’s that I hear you say “a music festival in Bolton?” The place that inspired me to write my first ever post entitled The Scene Is Dead “surely not?” Well, it’s true, over 3 days of the May bank holiday music lovers of Bolton and beyond were treated to a wonderful diverse collection of music, food, the odd alcoholic drink and even some sunshine!!
For those not familiar with the Dog & Partridge it remains one of the last bastions of hope for music in Bolton, a place full of character and scruffy charm that is only surpassed by the people who frequent it, always warm and friendly where the golden rule is “Don’t Be a Dick!” Dogstock has been around for the last few years and gets bigger and better each time, but I’m pretty sure anybody who attended this year will agree it was the best ever.
A plethora of bands covering all musical bases were on offer, far too many for me to mention, so I’m going to give a highlights package of the bands that I caught.
Some Bird – played in the warm early evening sunshine on the Sunday with an eclectic and interesting mix of blues, psychedelic rock and funky bass lines, a great cover of Radiohead’s Black Star and a guest appearance from Super Mario for the final song!
To The Bones – A Bolton band who have gained national recognition in recent times with their raw, heavy sound, closed the Saturday night in fine, loud style. Having seeing this band previously I had them outside my comfort zone, too far to the metal side of rock, but this performance seemed to be more rock than metal and I really enjoyed it.
Two Weeks Running – some great melodic, driving indie music from this 5 piece that had a rhythm section to get the crowd dancing, don’t know too much more about them but intend to find out more.
Duke01 ft. Furious P – a perfect example of the diverse nature of the event when a hip-hop act can play between to guitar bands and go down a storm. The charismatic Duke01 immediately had the crowd won over with his cheeky charm, backed up by Furious P on the decks providing the beats. I’m not really qualified to comment on this style of music I just know I liked it!
Suburban Sons – folk tinged, pop melodies and rock rhythms that reminded me a bit of Frank Turner. Another little gem uncovered here.
Total Victory – When I came across this Bolton band last year I was immediately blown away by them and yet again this was the case, my highlight of the whole weekend. A sound that harks back to the post-punk age of the early eighties but with a few modern twists thrown in and a front-man that you cannot take your eyes off with his manic dancing and walk outs into the crowd to sing at people and ask questions. You need to check this band out!
The success of this event was down to a collective effort from everybody, from those who manned the bars and the doors, the sound guys and behind the scenes organisers, the bands and artists and of course the people who turned out on-mass to support the event. Well done everybody involved and here’s to Dog Stock 2014!!