Wearing The Crown

Middle:6 always look forward to the Oxjam Beeston Takeover festival. Since their first Oxjam gig three years ago, playing to an almost empty Commercial Inn, the band have managed to build up a bit of a local following, and this looks to have grown substantially if the response from their recent set is anything to go by!

The band had the last slot at The Crown Inn, so there was already a teeming crowd, eager for more music. As The Crown is a CAMRA award-winning pub, it's fair to say that the audience were well-lubricated and Middle:6's recipe for fun covers was an ideal accompaniment.

Kicking off with Your Love Keeps Lifting Me by Jackie WIlson they led the crowd through a huge variety of fun, uplifting songs, including Happy (Pharrell Williams), Take Your Mama (Scissor Sisters), Upside Down (Paloma Faith) and Call Me (Blondie). The area in front of the band got fuller, with more and more revellers strutting their funky stuff (especially to Wild Cherry's 'Play That Funky Music'!!) and the band got a little bit louder. Well, it seemed the right thing to do..

Feedback was excellent and the band are now looking forward to a busy gig calendar, including some free gigs. There's a little bit of a talk of a Christmas special...

And is there a rumour of Middle:6 opening a beer festival next year? Nothing confirmed yet (according to frontman Jez Barnard), but there are discussions. Something else to look forward to next year.