Dan Reed Network, Rock, Gig, South Wales

Dan Reed Network + Mason Hill + HollowStar

Hollowstar

Hollowstar appeared on stage to darkness - it seemed the lighting engineer forgot to turn the lights on - a small fault rectified within a minute or two, and didn’t seem to upset the band at all. We’d never seen them before but had heard great things about them. They made great use of their short support slot with songs from their 6-track EP ‘Some Things Matter’. Joe chats to the audience, drawing the early crowd in. His husky voice echoes round the room with hints of Black Stone Cherry encouraging the audience to join in as they applaud this young band with a great future. With fantastic guitar solos and solid drums the band are a cohesive, tight group with an energetic and exhilarating style. We are looking forward to seeing them again soon!


Hollowstar are:


Joe Bonson - Lead Vocals & bass

Phil Haines - Guitar

Tom Collett - Guitar

Jack Bonson - Drums

https://hollowstar.uk

https://www.facebook.com/HollowstarOfficial

https://www.twitter.com/hollowstarband

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Mason Hill

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Second up were Mason Hill. They have come a very long way since we first saw them in Edinburgh in 2016. The set starts in darkness, with just Scott on stage. One by one, the rest of the band join him and the Muni explodes with light, music and applause as they start their set. The 5 lads from Glasgow go through their set song by song with their flowing guitar lines, melodious vocals and a bass line that reverberates through the floor. They have such a great sound as the guitars work so brilliantly together and demonstrate just how good they are, and how deserving of this high profile tour. As time sped by, they surprised us with an extra song - Chochise- and performed this Audioslave classic flawlessly and left the stage to thunderous applause.


Mason Hill are


Scott Taylor Vocals 

James Bird Guitar

Marc Montgomery Guitar

Matthew Ward Bass

Craig McFetridge Drums

https://www.masonhillofficial.com/

https://en-gb.facebook.com/masonhillofficial/

https://twitter.com/masonhillband

Dan Reed network

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Finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for. We knew that previous shows in the tour had gone down really well, and we’d been lucky enough to see the Network earlier this summer at Steelhouse. The show is very visual, and they begin with ‘Rock You All Night Long’ with Dan being animated and soulful as they gave us a 16 song set. Supported on each side, as usual, by Brion (Guitar) and Melvin (Bass) the three gave a show that is completely captivating. With the usual monologues between tracks, the Network gave us an hour and a half of the best entertainment I have seen in a long while. The Welsh crowd joined in, often taking over the vocals and enjoying every second. The talent and musicianship on the muni stage was lapped up by the audience and for many, one of the highlights of the set was the moment when, spotting 6 - year old Lola watching the set from side stage, Dan brought her out and dedicated ‘Rainbow Child’ to her. Only the hard hearted didn’t have a tear in their eye at that point! The enjoyment of the Network is obvious to the audience and infectious. During the set, they switched roles, with Brion and Melvin taking vocal duties before Dan Pred steps forward leaving his drum kit in the very capable hands of Rob Daiker. By the final track, the whole band put their instruments down and we have soaring melodic vocals a cappella style for the final song ‘Ritual’. The response from the packed out venue was phenomenal. Thunderous applause and loud cheering was ringing in their ears as they left the stage.


Dan Reed Network are


Dan Reed Vocals

Dan Pred  Drums

Rob Daiker Keyboards

Brion James Guitars

Melvin Brannon Jr Bass

http://danreed-network.com/

https://www.facebook.com/DanReedNetwork