LIVE REVIEW | Lights That Change / Poliptik / Dreamwave @ Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek – 6th November 2015

Dreamwave @ Foxlowe Arts Centre / Photo Courtesy Of Simon Cuthbert-Kerr

A pretty market town on the edge of the Peak District may not be the obvious centre of the shoegaze world, but so it was on Friday 6 November. The Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek hosted a three-band bill put together by The Situation, a dedicated local music collective.

First up were locals Dreamwave making their live debut. And what a debut it was. With such soaring guitars, it’s clear they have studied that Slowdive sound closely. But, if the thundering bass intro of ‘Human Condition’ is anything to go by there’s plenty of potential for Dreamwave to develop into something pretty special. Watch out for an EP next year.


Poliptik @ Foxlowe Arts Centre / Photo Courtesy Of Simon Cuthbert-Kerr

Poliptik (also Stoke-on-Trent) took to the stage all flowing locks and paisley print with a set taken mostly from their forthcoming self-released EP. Their psychy swagger called to mind the original 60s beat groups and guitarist Cal Locker had that spring reverb sound dialled. Frontman John Blair seemed to channel a young Richard Ashcroft at times, so it’s not surprising to learn that The Verve’s Storm in Heaven cover was shot at a local beauty spot – there must be something in the air, or the water, or the bones.

Lights That Change @ Foxhole Arts Centre / Photo Courtesy Of Simon Cuthbert-Kerr

Headliners Lights That Change brought all sorts of beautiful noises from their base in North Wales. They overcame a brief technical battle to showcase some twinkling tastes from the forthcoming album ‘Byzantium’ and dropped a surprise cover of Song to the Siren to the delight of the crowd. The crystalline vocals of Mandy Clare sparkled, while Mark Joy’s Jazzmaster added dreamy textures and John Bryn’s bass kept it all from floating off into the eerie ether.


As the final whispers of reverb fade, the crowd drifts off into autumnal mists ……. 



In her time Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.

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