Legends Of Rock 2024 / Friday Brings Hurricane Yarmeggedon

Friday morning at Legends Of Rock 2024 kicks off in our lodge as rock bands, friends, and organisers alike all pop in for a cooked breakfast. As we get our glitter trousers, tasteless T-shirts and make-up on [and that’s just the men] for the day ahead, our lodge takes a battering from the high winds blowing in from the North Sea. It is so stormy we renamed it Hurricane Yarmeggedon. However, inside our party palace, my nose is taking a battering from the ‘high winds’ emanating from the men in our lodge after a night on the lager and curry.

Legends Of Rock Festival 2024 – Friday

Words: Sara Harding and Gavin Archer 

Photography: Sally Newhouse

Legends Of Rock 2024: Thursday – Friday – Saturday – Sunday.

The Davidson Trio

We set out wrapped up against the elements to see the first bands of the day. Kicking off with the first original group of the day, the very talented blues rockers, The Davidson Trio. Bassist and vocal powerhouse Owen Davidson fronts this top-tier trio and takes us on a trip through the blues delta via Birmingham. 

Davison Trio - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Davison Trio – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Looking at him and his persona, Davidson looks like he should be talking to us with a deep South Drawl, but when he chats, it is with a full-on Brummie accent, reminding me of my wonderful telly boss, Sir Lenny Henry.

This band from the Black Country is exceptional. Davidson’s five-octave vocal range gives Glenn Hughes, the voice of rock, a run for his money. With the blues running through his veins, we are treated to a couple of new originals, such as Medusa Touch and, of course, their legendary anthem Cougar. Boy, there were a fair few ‘older ladies’ (ahem) enjoying this cracking song.

Ben Bicknell is a serious virtuoso, taking on solos and shredding like no other guitarist, with nods to Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore and Joe Bonamassa. 

While Davidson sings and plays, he proves his chops as one of the best badass bassists out there. Drummer Ellis Brown is one of the best drummers I’ve had the pleasure of seeing at Legends. His head shaking, face pulling and hard-hitting is a joy to watch. Drum solos are normally when I go to the bar for a lady petrol but not this time as Brown has us out of our seats playing air drums. 

The band play a couple of killer covers from Deep Purple to Black Country Communion and their now legendary version of Purple Rain. The band had the whole of the V Lounge in their hands and gave them a well-deserved standing ovation. Can I get a witness? 

Twister

Up next are Twister, a fierce four-piece from the North East with a reputation for partying. As soon as they arrived on-site at 4 am, the band announced to our Facebook group that they were ready to get their party on, but by then, most of us were tucked up in bed with a nice cup of tea. Rock’ n’ roll.

Twister - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Twister – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

This group are a tour de force delivering killer guitar solos and anthemic choruses. Fresh from some live gigs with the Quireboys, they are definitely a breaking band, and I’m so glad we got to witness them here first. So good I bought the T-shirt. 

Hard, hairy and energised, as soon as they blasted out their first notes of dirty rock with a full-on high-octane delivery, we were all on the dance floor and shaking our heads. Singer/guitarist Stevie Stoker is natural-born showman as he shakes his hair and slaps his geeeetar and swaggers through a stellar setlist from the album Cursed And Corrected. 

Twister - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Twister – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

What I love about this band is they are original heavy rock with an infusion of screamo and very easy on the eyes and the ears. This band are as tight as their trousers, with very clever tempo changes and lyrics. 

As the set comes to a blistering end, they get a standing ovation, and Stoker shouts out, “Follow us on all the social media and Tinder.” I, for one, will be swiping right for this killer combo. Love, love, love!

Bad Luck Friday

And then it’s a sad goodbye to Bad Luck Friday, who are hanging up their guitars after this last gig at Legends. What gives this band that extra level is frontman Wilde’s harmonica skills, mashing up the best of heavy blues with a new style of hard rock. We’ll miss you, dudes.

Hi-On Maiden

Hi-On Maiden are season favourites. The only Maiden tribute band approved by Steve Harris and co with his nephew, the truly brilliant drummer Joe Lazarus, keeping the beats Nicko style with his own unique modern drumming.

Hi-On Maiden - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Hi-On Maiden – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

They feature my dear friend, John Oakley, who appears as Eddy through the ages with more costume changes than Cher. Blasting out Iron Maiden bangers, they are always a highlight at Legends.

Hi-On Maiden - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Hi-On Maiden – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Other tribute bands on the day pay homage to Dire Straits, UFO, John Lennon and Muse. In between sets, we are treated to hilarious and x-rated doses of bants from our hosts Goodge and Jamie Lailey, both masterful MCs who get us laughing, in the mood and onto the dance floors.

Catfish

A band we are all looking forward to checking out are Catfish.

Catfish - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Catfish – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Nominated in five categories in the UK Blues Awards, this is the real deal. The band took us on a very bluesy journey with absolute stellar King-esque riffs from Matt Long who was named Blues Instrumentalist Of The Year. Once again, the V lounge was packed to witness this pure class act.

Hollowstar

This Cambridge quartet is mightily impressive, tight with a modern sound but still with a huge foot in the past to make them very accessible to a largely classic rock crowd. Singer/bass player Joe Bonson has a superb set of pipes that reminds me of prime Danny Bowes, and with his easygoing stage persona, he is a force to be reckoned with. 

Hollowstar - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Hollowstar – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Joe’s brother Jack on drums and Phil Haines on lead guitar are also all major talents, although tonight they were a four-piece with the addition of a second guitarist, which added to the punchy sound. 

Hollowstar - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Hollowstar – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

A terrific cover of Skynrd’s Simple Man’ went down like a storm, but their own material had an equally great reception from a rammed V lounge crowd. Certainly a band with a great future. 

Brave Rival

We are all huge fans of this band on the rise, Brave Rival. A five-piece featuring the twin female vocal attack of Chloe Josephine and Lindsey Bonnick. Hailed by Joe Bonamassa and nominated for several Blues Awards, this band will soon be on tour with FM and are destined to play stadiums soon. 

Brave Rival - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Brave Rival – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

They are bluesy, soulful and rocky and are definitely doing it for the girls, as most of their lyrical content is about ex-boyfriends and bad relationships. Something we can all relate to. They are both very funny with their on-stage banter and a big “fuck you” to all the losers they dated. They laugh as they say they are only looking for millionaires now.  

Their harmonies and vocal duels are spine-tingling. The band is completed by guitarist Ed ‘The Shred’ Clark, bassist Billy Dedman and Donna Peters on the drums, none of whom were shadowed by the flamboyant lead singers. When they got their chance to shine, the girls stepped aside to let them thrill us with epic solos. 

Rabbit Hole showcases the band’s heavier side, and What’s Your Name Again, about a one-night stand, is a standout in the set. Comedown is the final track of the night as Chloe and Lindsey deliver a full-on double-barrelled vocal slice of divaness. Another standing ovation and we, for sure, can’t wait to see them again live and loud.

Dan Halen - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Dan Halen – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Tributes

Taking us on far-ranging trips through epic back catalogues are more tributes to Sex Pistols, who even got the fans pogoing and moshing, Led Zep, Meat Loaf and Pink Floyd.

We end Friday with the phenomenal Davy K project. The Irish trio takes us into the ‘wee’ hours with a jam featuring some legends of legends musicians. Absolutely amazing!!!!!

Every year, we all promise each other that we will pace ourselves, but as the Friday atmosphere pumps up, the lady petrols are flowing, and we don’t get back to the MetalTalk caravan until ”walk of shame” o’clock! 

This rocking reunion carries on as we all visit each other’s caravans for Curry Club, late-night jams, Church of Chicken and Cheese and Port Night.

Whatever happens in our lodge stays in our lodge.


All the MetalTalk Legends of Rock 2024 coverage can be read here.

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Hi-On Maiden - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Hi-On Maiden – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk
Hi-On Maiden - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Hi-On Maiden – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk
Dan Halen - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Dan Halen – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk
Catfish - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Catfish – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

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