It’s a bustling night in the university city of Bangor, all the Freshers are milling around town… The pubs are full and the takeaways are booming…. The Skerries is no exception, with three bands of exceptional quality…


‘You have been Dilated…’ We certainly had as this bizarre ensemble deliberately stuttered their way to the end…
Dilation are yet another project by the ubiquitous James Phillips, and undoubtedly his, and Bangor’s most avant garde(n).
It’s live Jim, but not as we know it? It’s Hawkwind’s Sonic Attack in reverse through a second-hand flange pedal stolen from a charity shop.
Dalek vocals from a guitar man in a dress, dual bassists, dual percussion, death make-up and flamingos! I would ask them to decipher the meaning behind all of this but I’m too scared. It’s doubtful they’d have a feasible answer anyway! Songs like the edible Froctopods and the delightful Richard nestle within a frightful anti-tribal set of ‘songs’ that leave you positively perplexed. Great stuff…


It’s about time I saw The Immediate who are two albums and more than two years into their reformation. From Mold, they feature Adam Walton; better known for his 25 years presenting for the BBC and his weekly show on Radio Wales championing new Welsh music. Memory tells me I’ve seen The Immediate before in the 90s (perhaps at The Bistro in Rhyl), and I recall a Mod band fronted by a pretentious twat… Time moves on and he’s now just the latter…Ha ha…
The Immediate are leagues apart from that band of many years ago… Dare I say ‘mature?’ Yes. Like a strong cheddar, great taste and very more-ish. Their two latest albums betray that maturity and on stage there’s something very warming about this band who not only know how to kick ass, but can mix it with subtlety. Amazing sound and a portrayal of how guitar music should be written and played… Make their recent album ‘More Sheep Than Humans’ your own.


I criminally thought of skipping Rabo De Toro for fear of over-seeing them. Thankfully I gleefully stayed throughout their compelling performance… That stab at social politics, the thrill of being shat on, the ticks, the rants, the raves… Even the mistakes! It all culminated in a stage show that made me want to shoot car tyres, deprive myself of sleep and put Bromide in my tea.. Fantastic.