for Bangor Uni's newspaper that wasn't just a tiny album review.
I'd like to know what people think of it so I know if I'm actually getting better at writing.
Also, it's a pretty interesting topic for anyone in the North Wales area.
This Scene Is Not Dead Yet
by Lee John Howson
Do you remember the days when you had to travel a few hours away to places like Manchester and Birmingham just to be able to see a few decent live bands once in a while? This was the case for students in Bangor for the most part of the last academic year, with the only exceptions being the strong Summer Ball line-up of Wheatus and The Ordinary Boys.
It has been speculated this lack of bands coming our way was largely due to the failings of the well meaning attempts of 'Trash Live' the year before last. This was a fortnightly event where up and coming bands just starting to make a name for themselves would play at Bangor's TIME venue. Even with the prospect of decent bands coming to humble Bangor for only £5 a ticket there was a distict lack of actual people turning up to watch them. The gigs failed to break even and the future of live music in bangor became a bleak prospect.
However, as those with their ears to the ground will know by now, this year is about to become a very different story alltogether. To start proceedings off in style we have the NME Freshers Tour visting Bangor Uni on October 2nd, just a week and a bit into the new term. Indie fans with lots of dancing energy will be greatful that comes in the form of The Go! Team and Operator Please. So how do they top that one off? Radio 1 favourites The Pigeon Detectives play Bangor November 5th, just a month apart. Not satisfied with bagging two of the best British bands around today the Ents team have truly outdone themselves with booking none other than American indie darlings We Are Scientists (Nov 29th). Imagine someone telling you a year ago that they would play Bangor. You'd say that they were completely mad and you couldn't be friends with them anymore, nothing personal. Maybe you'd still say that today, but you just need to go to www.wearescientists.com to see for yourself that it's absolutely true.
This is the year live music in Bangor, nay the whole of North Wales, gets a rugby distance kick in the right direction. Just remember, if you want it to keep this way then we all need to support these gigs and buy the tickets. How often are you going to get quality bands right on your own doorstep?