A group of local music enthusiasts have organised a night of alternative/indie rock music to boost the profile of Gloucester as a destination for touring bands. Being in between Birmingham and Bristol means the cathedral city is often overlooked when it comes to tour dates.
Gloucester‘s Guildhall will play host to bands like ‘The Rills’ who you might not have heard on Radio 1 but have racked up millions of plays on Spotify, with heavy tracks like ‘Pyro’ and ‘Skint Eastwood’, which have also spread virally via TikTok. Organisers hope to show with these up-and-coming bands that Gloucester remains an important hub for rock music in the region.
The event, called Glos Rocks, kicks off at 6.30pm on Thursday, May 5, and will also see the likes of Gloucestershire locals ‘Cigarette Social Club’ join ‘BILK’, ‘second thoughts’ and ‘The Motive’ – who have collectively reached tens of millions of people in music streams. If successful, the night of exciting new indie and alternative bands hopes to be more than a one-off showcase of Gloucester as a destination, with possible future events.
Glos Rocks is in part funded by the Guildhall’s portion of the Cultural Recovery Fund, which the Gloucester landmark is using to “rebuild better” following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This funding has empowered a group of three University of Gloucestershire students to deploy their musical insight and organisational skills to bring some of the country’s breakthrough talents to the city.
One of the organisers, Calum Kent, 21, said: “We’re trying to raise Gloucester’s profile as a music city, and do something for the community, specifically within the rock scene. It’s a great city to perform in with an avid local fanbase of alternative and indie rock music, so we want to champion that.
“The bands playing at the event are at the cutting-edge of the modern music scene, reaching 300,000 listeners on Spotify each month and being streamed by millions on TikTok and other services. These up-and-coming rock bands are the exact type of musicians that we should be encouraging to play in the city.”
Calum continued: “For those unfamiliar, The Rills are from Lincoln and they’re a three-piece indie rock band who specialise in thunderous rhythms and witty lyrics; BILK are from Essex, they blend punk, rap and indie rock music into a loud and chaotic social commentary.
“second thoughts are a four-piece band from Hertfordshire, who mix emotive lyrics and pretty guitar melodies to create an indie pop and alternative rock sound; The Motive are from London, they are an Indie rock band with a signature chilled-out, reverb-heavy sound.
“Lastly, Cigarette Social Club are a Cheltenham five-piece indie rock band who are one of Gloucestershire’s biggest musical prospects right now. Blending introspective yet catchy lyrics with infectious riffs in a classic indie rock style.
“Tickets for the night are only £12, or £8 if you’re a student, so we’d love to see as many rock enthusiasts turn up to represent our city’s heavier musical subcultures.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased from their website, they can also be found on Instagram @glosrocks.