Having flown from Germany to the UK with the promise of storms and floods for the weekend, Sexy Hubby and I arrived equipped with our wellies and rain ponchos. The gods of rock had however decided to be benevolent to the thousands who made their way to the top of a Welsh mountain to attend the fourth edition of Steelhouse Festival. The only rain we had was one short shower each on Saturday and Sunday. Out came my cowgirl boots instead…
The predicted storms did happen though, during the night before the opening of the festival on Saturday 19th July. In the morning the weather was not very promising and we took it easy, therefore arriving late at the festival and missing the first three bands: Black Wolf, Skarlett Riot and Buffalo Summer. Sorry, guys, we hope to catch up with you another time.
We did however very much enjoy Tax the Heat, a Bristol-based band, in their own words “born from a pure love of straight-ahead rhythm and blues music.” The Graveltones followed them, composed of two Australians now based in London, delivering a great blues/rock performance.
In between sets we caught up with Whitney, who Sexy Hubby had met at a Black Star Riders concert last year, and her friend Jen. It was great to see you, girls, until next time! We also started chatting to a very nice gentleman, who turned out to be Howell Jukes, the owner of Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm where Steelhouse takes place. It was a pleasure meeting you, Howell, and we will see you next year.
Electric Boys were next on the programme, unfortunately their flight got delayed and they had to be re-scheduled for the Sunday. The planned opening act for the Sunday, The Amorettes, having just arrived, they found themselves propelled onto the stage instead. This energetic, Scottish trio completely took this change of plan in their stride and totally rocked it. Well done, girls!
I have never seen Skid Row playing live and therefore cannot compare. What I can say though, is that ex-front man Sebastian Bach is a fantastic showman who knows how to get his audience going, mixing Skid Row’s songs with his own. And as you can see on one of the photos below, one lady that night must have been ecstatic that Sebastian did attend her hen weekend…
The evening ended in fireworks due to an electrifying performance from Black Star Riders. Founded in late 2012 by ex-Thin Lizzy’s members, the band released its first album All Hell Breaks Loose in May 2013. Mostly alternating between songs from this album and Thin Lizzy’s material, they kept an incredible rhythm during the whole concert. Brilliant.
Both Europe and Black Star Riders will have new albums released in spring 2015 and a joint tour has been announced. I cannot wait.
Howell Jukes, owner of Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm
These wellies just HAD to be on the blog, right?
Sexy Hubby catching up with Whitney and Jen
Tax The Heat
The Amorettes – Gillian Montgomery
The Amorettes – Heather McKay
The Amorettes – Hannah McKay
Black Star Riders – Scott Gorham
Black Star Riders – Ricky Warwick
Black Star Riders – Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson
LINE-UP – SATURDAY 19TH JULY 2014
• Black Wolf
• Skarlett Riot
• Buffalo Summer
• Tax The Heat
• The Graveltones
• The Amorettes (replacing Electric Boys)
• Sebastian Bach
• Black Star Riders
BLACK STAR RIDERS SET LIST
• All Hell Breaks Loose
• Are You Ready
• Bad Reputation
• Before the War
• Hoodoo Voodoo
• Kingdom of the Lost
• Hey Judas
• Kissin’ the Ground
• Valley of the Stones
• Bound for Glory
• Cowboy Song
• The Boys Are Back in Town
• Damon Johnson Guitar Solo
• Whiskey in the Jar