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Lots of music at Beer Festival at The Roebuck in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Tokyo Corner.

  • Substance will be performing at the Roebuck beer festival on Saturday.

  • JP Parsons.

  • Faux Pas.

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A town centre pub will be hosting a three day music and beer festival this Bank Holiday weekend.

The Roebuck in Derby Street, Leek will be the venue for the music extravaganza with a multitude of talent taking part which will start on Friday (May 23).

Rubber Soul Records will be presenting the music for the Friday evening which will start at 7pm.

Featuring Pocket Satellite, Faux Pas and Two Left Feet, the evening is set to be a fun filled night of superb live music from some of the areas best bands and artists.

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On Saturday, the Leek-based not-for-profit music promotion initiative of The Situation have enlisted a number of acts to perform at the Roebuck from 7.30pm.

These acts include: Substance, Nicola Jayne, Tokyo Corner, Amber-Joanna, and Gravity Dave.

Substance is a Leek and Stoke based four piece band which plays a loose and sleazy kind of blues-rock with hooks to get you moving and a grooving. The band is one of a number of contemporary bands drawing on classic 60's & 70's blues-rock influences such as Cream, Led Zep, Black Sabbath, The Doors, and Jefferson Airplane, to name a few.

Solo singer-songwriter Nicola Jayne is acclaimed to have enough power and emotional impact to take on any band.

She has been writing her own tunes from a young age. A self-confessed admirer of many of our best-known male music icons such as Beatles, Dylan, Bowie, Bolan, Morrissey, and Blur, Nicola's songs are brazen but equally balanced by a feminine sensibility.

Stopping off in Leek as they tour the country, Tokyo is made up of five Yorkshire lads. They have a modern rhythm and blues sound that recalls the likes of The Black Keys and Band of Skulls.

With a tight rhythm section and blinding guitar work, Tokyo Corner are further complimented by their lively frontman.

Amber Joanna is acclaimed to have a voice as deep as a well and an onstage persona that only the young and precocious can carry off.

The Saturday show will be opened by Leek's own Gravity Dave. The post-punk-prog-indie four-piece will assault your senses with a tirade of tom tom fills, syncopated bass and angular guitar – topped off with topical lyrics and cynical singing.

Finally, on Sunday, the music has been organised by Roebuck landlord Nick Bradstreet with the help of musician JP Parsons.

Nick said: "Our Sunday slot of the beer festival will be a warm-up for the July festival of Alecoustic which JP and I are organising.

"So far for Sunday we have performing Ted Roberts as well as JP himself."

During the day on Sunday, there will also be a Vintage and Handmade Fair at the Roebuck with 'Roe-buskers' providing some tunes.

Nick said: "For the fair we have got a vintage-style hairdresser, screen printing, clothing, cheesecakes, trinkets and much more. It is going to be quite some weekend at the Roebuck with lots going on. We are looking forward to it."

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