Be there >> Marsicans head fine line-up for charity gig

Those cheeky chaps MARSICANS have been off the radar of late, beavering away at new tunes for us, only surfacing for a packed-out Live At Leeds show and an ace gig at Carpe Diem last month.

Tomorrow night, they’re taking to the stage at the Cockpit 2, helping to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice and bringing plenty of sunshiney indie-pop with them. Bring your shades.

I really, really love this lot – ever since I saw them at the Centre Stage heats in 2011 when they were The Scandals. Since then, they’ve gotten their groove on with plenty of shows including appearances at slightly rainy Leeds and Reading Festivals (pictures of early-doors crowds on their Facebook page are amazing) and a slightly rainier Bingley Festival.

With plenty of hooks, singalong choruses and ace harmonies, the Leeds four-piece should have moved on to bigger and better thigns by now. It’s only a matter of time. SCUBA!

Also on the bill are ICARUS, who impressed me ahead of their Centre Stage 2013 heats. They’re through to the finals, held at the Academy on July 17, so they must have done something right, yeah? They have a really tight, fresh sound, with a Theme Park, Maccabbes style vibe. Looking forward to seeing more than three songs from this lot.

I first saw THE CONCETINES supporting The 1975 at the Cockpit (with Icarus on the same bill) back in January. I walked in mid-set and liked them when they weren’t playing Wombats and Libertines covers! Should be good to pay them a little more attention this time.

Completing the line-up are sultry blues rock four-piece BLACK ALLY. Not too familiar with this lot. I’ve had a listen to their tunes on BandCamp and reckon they could up their game in a live setting. Should be good.

Four bands well worth spending your Saturday night with, I reckon – and all for a great cause. Tickets have been selling rather well for this show, so have a quick word with one of the bands over on Facebook, or see if there’s any left on the door tomorrow night.

>> MARSICANS, ICARUS, THE CONCETINES and BLACK ALLY at Cockpit 2, Saturday June 8.

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