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After the flak the organisers had received from punters and artists, upset at both the manner in which the event was curtailed to a one day festival and the less than eclectic line up, the EH6 festival had some making up to do on Saturday.
This year’s event was held in Leith’s Biscuit Factory, and with temperatures inside the venue as Baltic as outside, coats were the fashion item of the day.
Fortunately, with 17 acts staggered across two stages, there was plenty of opportunity to warm up while moving between sets.
Of the bands I managed to see, first up among the early birds was Coatbridge-based singer-songwriter Cutchy Cash, who delivered a good opening set of slow and melodic songs.
The Poachers, who looked like a mod Simon & Garfunkel, followed. These guys had some great harmonies and kept the growing crowd happy.
Perth band Parliamo then fired up the audience with a fast and frenetic set – and with such an energetic frontman they were hard to ignore.
The pace changed again with Fife singer Davy Horne, whose brand of melodic, psychedelic country-tinged rock brought a welcome warm vibe.
The guitar pop of young Dunfermline band The Links – who only played their first gig in March – showed plenty of promise.
Elsewhere, the set from young Prestonpans outfit The Rah’s was so impressive that even newly-crowned unified WBA and IBF super-lightweight world champion Josh Taylor would have been proud – as punch.
Glasgow’s The Roly Mo blasted their way through a set that had the audience screaming for more, while the Voodoos electrified the crowd with a blistering set. These are two bands destined to be headliners before too long – so remember the names.
Next, Fife’s the Shambolics moved things up a gear with a half-hour packed of favourites and earned the first crowd singalong of the night with a rousing rendition of When She Goes Home.
Baby Strange from Glasgow kept the heat up, with their enthusiastic fans bouncing off each other in a medley of mayhem at the front.
Stars of the night, though, were Edinburgh-based band Miracle Glass Company, whose perfect blend of hooks and harmonies – laced with a dash of psychedelic shoegaze -captivated the audience.
Look out for their new album in February – it promises to be a good one.
So, EH6 won the day… here’s hoping they can sort things out and return next year with a weekend festival that continues to support new talent and reflect the diverse range of music out there.
Words: Alan Hotchkiss