Promoter rocks on into new year

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A WIGAN promoter will continue providing music fans with the best sounds from across the rock and metal spectrum into the new year.

Dave Kaaria, who runs Davestock Promotions, had planned to make the all-day Devilution Festival, which was set for September, his final gig before leaving putting on bands to start a family.

However, a clash of dates with the Wigan Diggers Festival now means Dave will not be putting aside the booking sheets until next spring when as many of the 16 bands originally booked as possible are free to play.

In the meantime Dave has secured his latest Wigan debut, convincing Manchester-based alternative rock band Elbowdrop to make their first appearance in the borough at The Boulevard next week.

The group, which has been likened to stoner rock acts such as Queens of The Stone Age and Kyuss, will line up at the Wallgate venue on a three-band bill also including hometown metal band Cale Lane and another group yet to be confirmed.

Dave said: “I first came across Elbowdrop when they were supporting Enraged, the Rage Against The Machine tribute act. I listened to them and thought they were pretty good, so I decided to get them on a line-up in Wigan.

“Their sound is quite rocky, there’s lots of riffs going on and catchy melodies. They’re on the borderline of rock but they’re not exactly a metal band either.

“Devilution has been postponed and we are now just trying to find a date where we can keep as many of the scheduled bands as possible. We haven’t sorted anything yet but I’m hoping we will find some time in February or perhaps March.”

The support for five-piece Elbowdrop, who describe their sound on Facebook as “a low-tuned, stomping heavy groove” will be provided by Wigan metallers Cale Lane, whose debut EP Morning Light released earlier this year showcased their brand of ferocious hardcore riffing and anthemic lead guitar playing inspired by New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts such as Killswitch Engage. The six-piece band has been impressing at Wigan venues including The Tudor with its tight sets and intricate but heavy riffs, also finding time to shoot a music video for Turns On A Sixpence.

Dave is also preparing to help The Boulevard launch a new all-day music event which is set to take place on November 1. However, further details about this currently remain tightly under wraps.

Elbowdrop, Cale Lane and a further band to be confirmed will play at The Boulevard, on Wallgate, on Friday August 22. The gig starts at around 9pm and entry is £2.

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