Opportunities for all ages to access secure live music events is essential, and that’s what Volume Control is all about.
The new team of musically involved teenagers (including myself), have a passion for the local music scene. We collaborated with Old Crows Productions to secure a strong and impressionable line-up, in which young people don’t have to be in a crowded, bustling bar to see.
First up, 15-year-old singer-songwriter Cora Harkin takes the stage with confidence, engaging with an eager row of teens awaiting her performance. Her set upholds a charismatic energy, and the supporters jumping along, and exclaiming words of encouragement motivate her, not that it’s needed.
The most memorable point in her performance, however, was her single ‘Glad I got away’, I noticed the venue glowing with recognition and indulgence as everyone hummed and sang along. Her signature rendition of ‘teenage dirtbag’ brought a nostalgic and relatable feel, and dancing commenced from every corner of the venue.
As the crowds settle from the madness and I calm from the rush of stamping hands and checking tickets, Susie Blue commands the stage and reinforces the lively nature, performing indie-pop bangers enticing an entranced audience.
The highlight of my night however would be grunge four-piece Wynona Bleach, an Oh Yeah centre staple, hitting us with familiar tunes from ‘Moonsoake’ a dance-worthy set that kept the positive vibes flowing. At one point I popped upstairs, and I could hear the music rattling through the vents, and ongoing cheers surpassing the walls.
The headliner, Virgins (one of the biggest names in Northern Irish shoegaze) treated us with unreleased bangers, filling the audience with anticipation. Guitarist Michael embraced the true rock ‘n’ roll spirit as he soared off stage and into the eager crowd, showcasing hard hitting riffs whilst singer Rebecca relishes in her soulful vocals, dancing smoothly in a true dreamy shoegaze atmosphere.
As I study the audience, I notice smiles on everyone’s faces from infants to parents, and realise the importance of gigs like these, musical enjoyment for all.