Review: Whitehill Grove at Sneaky Pete’s

Sneaky Pete’s is renowned for its raucous gig nights – so no better place to host the farewell show from Musselburgh’s greatest export since Luca’s ice cream, Whitehill Grove.

From their first gig in February 2015 they quickly established themselves as a formidable live act and a succession of classy singles and EPs cemented their growing reputation.

With a huge demand for tickets, the boys had already squeezed in an additional show the night before – and they were more than ready for the final party.

While the night might have belonged to the Grove, however, the support acts were strong enough to make their own impression.

The first act up, recently-formed Edinburgh outfit Swim School, played a set that displayed an assurance and confidence way beyond a band with only two previous gigs under their belt.

The band peddle melodic dreamy pop with a funky hard edge, and from set opener Waking Up the crowd were hooked.

Little Bit picked up the pace with its bouncy rhythm, while new song Take You There had that mix of dreamy guitar and vocal that gives this band such a distinctive sound.

The set came to a thrilling climax with excellent debut single, Sway.

Glasgow four-piece Static Union followed with their powerhouse sound turning up the heat.

The west coast band kicked off with Higher Ground before launching into new single Wanderer – a pounding beat crashing through the song.

It was impossible to stay still as the band kept things hyped up with Lost Control and New Found Way.

It was fast and furious all the way, with no let up for the crowd who were jammed packed up at the front of the stage.

Then came the finale – Whitehill Grove’s last ever gig after four years together.

With the lights dimmed and the chants for the band filling the venue, they hit the stage and kicked off with a rabble-rousing version of Jessica.

The roar almost took the roof off the venue.

Mood Ring, Take Off and Hide And Seek followed before they played one from their recently released batch of songs, Holy Water.

This was Whitehill Grove at their best, on stage and electrifying the audience.

They even delivered the perfect party song midway through the set – a crazy cover of ABBA’s Does Your Mother Know?

The crowd loved it.

There was a mix of old and new from first single Runaway to new song Indiana, and the last song was introduced with an emotional: “This is it folks… this is it”.

It was a fitting end for Whitehill Grove, who went out the way they should – in a blaze of glory.

Farewell guys, it was a blast while it lasted.

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