The Pavilion in Ryde was busy with scooters lining the grass and car park. The air filled with the aroma of 2 stroke. Outside, DJ’s were playing a mixture of Soul and Motown all on vinyl, as crowds of people in well polished DM’s, Parkas and Harringtons milled around.
Inside Morning Glory were starting up, playing a mixture of Britpop and Indie covers spanning across a number of decades. The band we’re extremely tight with very controlled drumming as they erupted into a high energy cover of Arctic Monkeys ‘Brainstorm’ (to mark the anniversary of their Finsbury Park gig last year). Great guitar playing and good vocals made this band enjoyable to listen to as the queue for the bar went straight through the room. Outside the cider had exploded across the walkway but this didn’t stop people enjoying themselves as another Dj stepped up playing more great tunes on Vinyl.
Later in the afternoon, Lee Firth took to the mic playing a set predominantly of Paul Weller solo covers with a few Jam tracks thrown in for good measure. After a long absence from performing, Lee hasn’t lost it and despite a speaker cutting out part way through, performed with great confidence. Numerous members of the audience commented on how good he is with one person saying he’s “the best vocalist around.” Lee’s only struggle was finding a spot to place his pint!
I was back again for the night time entertainment which had moved upstairs to the Balcony Bar. I walked in while The Who tribute band Quadrophonia were playing a rousing rendition of ‘Pinball Wizard.’ They went from this into Baba O’reily which got people up off their seats and dancing through into ‘Real Me.’ The band really gave the covers their all, performing with the same energy and mannerisms of the original band. The lead singer grasped Roger Daltry’s vocals well and took on the role of Keith Moon, nailing his voice during ‘Bell Boy’ (something which even the real Who didn’t do!) The lead guitarist regularly jumped in the air and “windmilled” the guitar with gusto just like Pete Townshend. Lasers shone out from behind them while scooter headlights flashed from above, lighting up the space. An exhilarating cover of ‘I am One’ preceeded ‘5:15’ which showed off some amazing guitar playing skill. ‘Won’t get fooled again’ featured dramatic mic spinning by the lead singer. The drumming was strong and energetic and the bass slotted in comfortably. They went to end on ‘My Generation’ playing to the highest of standards. The audience cheered for more so they continued with ‘See me Feel me, (listening to you)’ ending on an impressive outro. They were a joy both to listen to and to watch; a real treat for any Who fan.
The Ricky Tick DJ’s Paul Vipond and Mark Richards took over on the decks playing upbeat floor filling mixture of Motown and Soul. Paul and Mark matched the mood of the room well with the songs they play, all on vinyl and kept the high spirits going as the second band The Flick set up. The Flicks are a 7 piece 60’s band and they opened with Martha Reeves & the Vandellas ‘Jimmy Mack’. The lead singers voice was powerful complimented well by the other 2 singers.
They continued their set with some more floor filling Motown including ‘Heat Wave’, ‘He was really sayin something’ and ‘Too many fish in the sea’, The whole band was very tight and perfectly in time as they played some speedy numbers.
The keys added some real sparkle to the group while the guitar bends bought the classic tunes into modern times. The bass player played with real energy as did the 3 girls who didn’t stop dancing. They slowed the pace down for Dionne Warwick’s ‘Anyone who had a heart’ before going into some Northern Soul. It’s the first time I’ve heard Northern Soul played by a live band and they did it really well playing songs including ‘Let’s wade in the water’, ‘What can I do what can I say.’
The girls took it in turns to lead utilising their full vocal ranges. The last third of their set was made of songs ‘The clapping song’, ‘Da Do run run’, ‘River deep mountain high’ and ‘Be my Baby.’ Ending triumphantly on Lulu’s version of ‘Shout’ which saw the whole audience participating. If you weren’t physically watching the Flicks you could easily believe you were listening to a pre recording, they are exceptionally tight and clearly well rehearsed. A real joy to watch.
It was back over to the Ricky Tick guys who played another great mix of soul this time comprising of slower songs so as to wind the night down. The whole day was a real hit and a fantastic way to kick the scooter season off on the Isle of Wight. Well done to Steve Robson for organising the event.
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Written By Hannah Nash