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What is Marshall Live and why it's the place to be if you love rock | AD

** I was gifted tickets to this event

Marshall is primarily known for their range of amps and not many people know that they have a record label. Supporting bands across the world, Marshall put on a festival to showcase the best talent right now on the rock scene including bands that they represent, work with and also new and upcoming bands. The festival was held on the 1st June 2019 and was held from 12pm to 12am and is the very first of many to come I hope.

The festival was held at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes and was kicked off with a competition on the Discovery Stage. Bands from across the country had come to perform for the chance to play on the main stage which bands like The Hunna and Yonaka were playing on later that night. I went and watched a few, these people gave it their all, trying their best to get the crowd involved and that they did. Everyone who had bought tickets were getting involved and were thoroughly enjoying themselves with bands they they probably haven't heard of before but will listen to again.

I thought that this event was great at introducing you to new names, I'm not a huge fan when it comes to rock but I can guarantee you that I came home that evening and added a bunch of the bands that played onto my playlists. My personal favourites being Bad Touch, Thousand Thoughts and Keywest.

Marshall Live was headlined by The Hunna, Yonaka and Barns Courtney. All of which I have covered on my blog. Warming up the crowd, the other bands were just as incredible and had me wanting to dance in the photo pit.

Keywest are signed to Marshall Records and are honestly my new favourite band. They originated in Ireland, busking on the streets and were so interactive with the crowd. Nobody dared stay quiet for the fear of having a microphone shoved in our faces, not that it mattered because everyone was more than willing to sing-a-long - they were just that good.




The Hunna came on stage and the atmosphere changed. I've seen them live in the smallest of venues and then as they've worked their way up and they've always amazed me but this was something different. They captured the audience from the moment they walked on the stage. Following the events with their previous label, they've been working on new music which they played for us and wow, I cannot wait until it's released. They bought so much energy to the stage, a small mosh pit even started which isn't a rarity at their shows.

Yonaka was just as enticing, they had released their album, Don't Wait 'Til Tomorrow, earlier that day and the crowd loved it! They put on a great show, front woman Theresa Jarvis first came out with a mystic small dance which captivated everyone from the get-go.




Unfortunately, I didn't stay to watch Barns Courtney since we had to drive home but from previous experiences, he's an animated performer and I have full faith that he ended the festival with high energy.

Considering that this was the first Marshall Live, it was well put together - a few little delays between acts but they could be filled by heading over to the Discovery Stage. The event as a whole was a great success, it bought together some amazing bands and from the performances, you could see that everyone was enjoying themselves. Many of the acts came out to watch each other which I thought was really encouraging and great for those who might have wanted to meet them.

I can't wait to go to Marshall Live next year. Thank you to Marshall Records for inviting me.

Until next time...






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