Oatcake Day No.5 @ The Sugarmill 09/08/14

The day had finally arrived, the day ‘Stokies’ cherish – Oatcake day!

It was bigger than ever this year for the 5th year running. 6 Towns Radio were live from Sainsbury in Stoke where we set the highest record of 3 oatcakes eaten in 2 minutes also the creator of Oatcake day, Terry Bossons, delivered oatcakes to Donna Louise and Dougie Mac hospices to spread the positivity around Staffordshire then we finished the great day off with an awesome live gig at local venue The Sugarmill sponsored by Richer Sounds.

The opening act was Stafford based rock duo – The Taskers. Playing tunes from their previous album, Rat Residence it showcased their sheer power and volume of experimental talent. They’ve currently released an EP as a bridge from Rat Residence and the next album, the variety of sounds is all created on stage, musically and through their compelling stage presence.

One of the strongest sets of the night, 25 minutes full of Sonic Revolvers best tunes. Bouncing all over the stage, front man Darrell reminds me of Matt from The Pigeon Detectives. Massage his ego and he will perform. Loco Lifestyle still has that crisp, warm tone vibe to it, but we heard new tunes, especially for Oatcake Day. Black Star and Can you Hear Me? Which will be the next single for these infectious four piece – the stunning guitar solo, firm bass line and captivating drum beats, it’s certainly sounds like another Hype Chart number 1!

A supporter of Oatcake Day and 80s legend Owen Paul joined the celebration. Playing all sorts of 80s hits from Mike and the Mechanics and Simple Minds – who he did actually tour with and performed songs with. With just him on stage for 60% of the set and a backing track he seemed lost on stage but it got the audience singing along and back to their youths. He concluded the set with his biggest hit, You’re my Favourite Waste of Time, it was nice to Owen still enjoying performing and engaging the crowd.

Headlining of Oatcake Day No5 gig was another Oatcake Day supporter and The Bluetones legend – Mark Morriss. He played 90s classics that everyone sung along to and his solo album material; A Flash of Darkness was released in February. It was a lovely little intimate gig with just him and his guitar. His new material is a lot more reflective and you see more of Mark’s talent; especially when he’s live. He was a great headliner with a great personality.

Bring on Oatcake Day 6.