Planet Rock Winters End - Friday

Planet Rock manage to put on some fantastic  live music events. Winters End has now been held four times. The festival brings together some of the best talent in British rock, With 25 bands across the weekend, there was a wide variety to suit all tastes. For the Friday night, all four UK nations are represented.

The Planet Rock festival crowd is one of the friendliest bunch of people around. The first evening always seems to be a combination of great music and meeting up with old friends. 

Kicking it all off this year was Revival Black - a classic sounding 5 piece from Liverpool. Fronted by Dan Byrne, they were a fantastic start to the night. Dan has a great voice and the band is a tight unit on stage. 

Saturday and Sunday review and galleries coming soon!!

Trucker Diablo followed, and played to a room that was filling up by the minute. They may have had to travel a long way from Northern Ireland to play here, but they were not without fans in the audience.  With a set full of brilliantly crafted songs, it is easy to see why people are keen to see them. They played a great set and we can't wait to hear more from them.

Edenthorn were next on the bill. They are a band we'd heard lots of good things about, and they didn't let us down. Making the long journey from the North East was worth it for the quartet  with a great reception from the growing crowd.  With their set most comprising their own music, they also gave us their own version od the classic 'Another Brick in the Wall' which went down a storm.

Special guests to the headline band was Mason Hill.  The five Scottish lads have been on the rock circuit for a number of years now, and their experience is evident. They finally seem to be breaking into some well deserved slots, and we hear that their album is almost ready.  Tonight we heard many of their hard hitting tracks, including the title track to the soon to be released album 'Against the Wall'.  We are looking forward to hearing the whole album! 

Finally, the moment that we'd all  been waiting for.  Welsh hard rockers Those Damn Crows taking their hard earned, and well deserved, headline slot.  They are an extremely popular band destined for great things and the Winters End room was packed. The band has recently completed a UK tour to celebrate the launch of their second album and many of those tracks were in tonights set. Shane Greenhall is becoming well known for going out into the crowd, and tonight was no exception. With his engaging style he talks to the crowd - acknowledging the support and dedication the band gets from the fans.  taking to the piano for 'Blink of an Eye' and 'Never Win' Greenhall captivates the crowd and they finish, as is their tradition, with 'Rock N Roll Ain't Dead' and the venue slowly empties into the cold winter night. 

Around the holiday camp, caravans are filled with groups enjoying the weekend away, reminiscing about the rock they've heard, and what they are looking forward to seeing and hearing over the following days.