By Natalie Greener
Second time round and Hellcats definitely didn’t disappoint the crowd. Lights down with louder music, the night was a blast even during change over. Focusing on the youth in Nottingham, this time a sense of community really took over Sobar. Mixing the line up to cover a nice range of genres, the diverse crowd was like nothing I had ever seen before. One of the most exciting things evolving from Hellcats was the new start up band – The Theory. Combining a few original tracks alongside some classics was a brilliant kick off to the night. Revving the crowd up with songs from icons such as; Tina Turner, The Kinks and The Killers, you would have thought their own pieces would be lost. Amazingly, the bands unique style fitted right in and sounded as if they belonged. To develop a sound so well known, yet unique in their own right, I must applaud the 16 year olds. Bravo!
Next up was an even younger band in Nottingham’s music scene with experience truly surprising – especially when they’re so young compared to their competitors. Blank Youth definitely gathered a crowd. Stating their sound was “Blink 182 inspired” made me reminisce to our previous night where Distant Blue had the same vibe. Rewind the pop punk three piece a few years and I can definitely see Blank Youth in them. As enthusiasm filled Sobar, the all too familiar dancing made an appearance – it was definitely something to watch and join in with! Our headliner, Bedroom High Club (aliens to Nottingham) made themselves right at home. Performing their own work, a weird realisation hit most of the crowd – it brought a momentary wave of sadness as we realised their sound is so much like the deceased Viola Beach. The Hellcats crowd were definitely lucky hearing this tribute-like music and we hope to see more of Bedroom High Club. The melodic riffs will definitely catch on so watch this space.
The most beautiful thing about Hellcats is that it’s giving young musicians, bands, photographers and the music loving lads/lasses a place to go and communicate. Building a portfolio is important so recruiting photographers under the age of eighteen seemed risky at first but soon we realised that it was one of the best decisions ever made. Be sure to check out our photographer of the images above – Lauryn Taylor-Poyserr. Our other talentedphotographers include the original style of Orla Toland and the creative way Rachel Bush uses light to create an almost trippy feel to her shots. All in all, Hellcats is getting more and more groovy each time and I am sure as hell looking forward to the next one!