And here we are, the last day of what has turned out to be an incredible festival.
Kicking things off was the punk-rock awesomeness of Dukes of Bordello. Any band that is this punk but also has a double bass instead of a regular one automatically goes up in my books, as well as get’s at least 124 more punk-points. I’ve seen them across the UK at a number of different festivals before and they have always been good, and there was no exception here! Massive amounts of fun and a great way to blow away the cobwebs for the final day!
Next up was a run of a number of bands with a similar sound and style. Black Whiskey, Sons of Liberty and Bootyard Bandits are all heavily influenced by a blues/country rock style, although they adapt it in very different ways. The first two are straight forward rock/blues while the latter takes a more comical/parody route. All three bands were tight and easily entertained the crowd. You can catch them on a similar circuit from time to time so keep an eye out for their names in future festival lineups.
Collateral took to the stage after them, bringing their own style of glam/AOR laced hard rock. Always a fantastic live band, it seems like Rockin’ the Bowl was no exception as they arguably had one of the loudest receptions of the weekend!
Melodic hard rock band The Wicked Jackals then brought their style of energy, passion and stage presence to the Bowl. Never ones to be shown up, they had the crowd in the palm of their hands throughout and put on one hell of a show. The same could apparently be said for our good friends over in Hollowstar who gave one of their best performances to date. They are the perfect balance of both a professional band and genuine artists who obviously love what they do.
Then we reached the headliner of the Sunday and by far the best stage-show of the weekend, Massive Wagons. We had been forewarned about the sheer amount of pyro and confetti they were bringing, but it still didn’t prepare me for the sheer madness I witnessed. Fire, explosions and a tonne of confetti, this was a headlining set if I’ve ever seen one! It of course helps that the band also sounded on point, delivering a performance to match the show. A band that have been on top form for a while now, I can see them becoming one of the big bands of the future in only a few years.
That’s it for Overtone’s big bad review of Rockin’ The Bowl 2021. After over a year off, this was exactly the kind of festival that the rock scene needed right now and it was executed to perfection. With next years line-up already looking stacked, expect to see a similar review this time next year!
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