First night fever at Notting Hill Arts Club

Once a month Communion Records hosts a band night at the Notting Hill Arts Club. It was my first time and to my surprise it was a night of firsts for several of the artists on the bill. Bristol based, Amy Yon opened and it was her first time playing in London. Her set was thoughtful, compelling and packed with well-crafted songs. She described her approach to me saying ‘ I love show there is always someone out there thinking what you’re thinking’. Next, Manchester based Daiv had the crowd on his side right the first note. People left drinks and went to see what the noise was all about. His heartfelt songs & passionate delivery had drama and intensity. His new song ‘Wasted’ captures the heart of Gen Y thinking. Daiv & his mates/band should have good memories of Notting Hill. Racing Glaciers were described as ‘worthy headliners’ by one gig goer. Their first was signing a deal with a new label in Nandos. They have great songs – go listen. All in all it was great night, Haunt the Woods, Tempesst and Pleasure Beach added their own special touch to what was a brilliant night of music. Communion Records are well known for giving artists their first break as Michael Kiwanuka, James Bay & many others will testify. Maz, one the label managers told me the Sunday gathering is all about ‘a good crowd of like-minded people looking for great music.’ Communion Christmas Party is on Sunday 6 December. See you there. Colin Hart – thanks for the photos. nottinghillartsclub

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