THE not-for-profit music promoters The Situation have excelled themselves with this month's bill.
Friday (July 5) will see the team return to Leek's Foxlowe Arts Centre with a night of atmospheric dark pop. Headlining are the outstanding Vuvuvultures, from London, who are described as art-rockers par excellence, playing a glorious melange of dark and distorted melodic pop strangeness.
Situation compere and co-founder, Simon Edwards said: "It is a real coup to get a band of Vuvuvultures' standard to play in Leek, and this will be a real highlight in The Situation's calendar this year. The immense success of our Big May Birthday has helped open a lot of doors for us. Steve Hammersley, The Situation's band-booker, added: "Yes, after Big May, a lot more bands have heard of us, locally and nationally, and that is reflected very much in this month's bill."
Second up will be The Black Mirrors, from Stokeon- Trent. This three-piece a Garage Punk band take influence from the melancholy, macabre and perverse. Simon said: "Their amazingly dynamic live shows and début E.P have received critical acclaim and been a springboard to developing a cult following."
Opening Friday's event are Moscow, from Stokeon- Trent.
Andy Norton, the newest member of The Situation said: "Moscow are dark and staccato moody loud-boys, with flavours of Suicide, and The Jesus And Mary Chain. If your feet don't tap to these thrusting beats, your legs must be broken."
Setting the scene as the doors open, and also rounding off the evening, will be a mesmerising sound scape from local sound smith and DJ, Ling.
Simon added: "Feel the noise, melt and reemerge...
Phew - if you don't come to this one, you'll regret it forever."
Tickets are available, at £4.50, from the bands, the venue (upstairs in the gallery), Colloco (Sheepmarket, Leek), Music Mania (Hanley), or revellers can pay on the door for £5. Doors open at 8:30pm with the first act on stage just after 9pm, with the event winding up at around 11:30pm.