Normally, I'm not a huge fan of Indie (good start eh!); I can easily listen to The Kaiser Chiefs, but other than that, give me growling, mechanical basslines that make you nod your head so hard you'll be carrying it home and I'll be overjoyed! Nevertheless, I go to every gig with an open mind and I must say, I was really very impressed with the four acts Liverpool Sound City chose to represent them.

Luke Fenlon was up first. Luke has definitely got his own style – the first things I saw onstage were his huge mop of curly hair (curly fro perhaps a better description) and the bassist's mullet… Hair aside, Luke put on a solid performance. I very much liked the variation in his set; for example, in one song he'd be playing delicate and intricate melodies on an acoustic guitar, then in the next he'd be slamming out power chords on a heavily amped electric. As well as being a talented guitarist, Luke also had a great voice - both tone-wise and in terms of power. His lower range could do with a bit of work to make it as strong as his higher range – I'm (justifiably, I think) nitpicking because he held one fantastic high note and I'd love to hear that power spread over his entire range. Also, I'd liked to have seen more audience interaction (as far as I recall he didn't introduce himself when he came on stage…) and a greater stage presence. I'm aware that it was a small stage, particularly as there were 3 other band members, but, I hasten to add, I wasn't expecting him to 2-Step and moonwalk, just to throw in the occasional purposeful lean or even shuffle about. All in all, Luke has a good voice, a knack for song writing and the ability to come up with catchy guitar riffs, so if he works on his stage presence he'll be a fantastic performer!

Next up were The Red Suns, although I wasn't positive at the time, as they too failed to introduce themselves - or if they did it was inaudible…The intro was, however, incredibly dynamic. I really loved the use of an EBow with heavy distortion to create a fantastic, dirty, siren-like sound. Like Luke Fenlon, The Red Suns are clearly good song-writers; their lyrics were deep, the guitar riffs and chords were melodic and the drummer was brilliant - playing delicately for slower numbers, but smashing out heavy rhythms for the more 'anthemesque' tracks. The singer had a unique voice and incorporated a combination of speech and singing into the tracks, which added variation, but he didn't have a great stage presence. He didn't move around the stage and didn't look at the audience –who were, I have to admit rather rude towards the end of the set, shouting to each other from opposite sides of the room with a complete disregard for the band's efforts.

Tea Street Band (the penultimate act) brought a real sense of originality and professionalism to the night, with their unique blend of relaxing, guitar led, disco music and ability to interact with the crowd. The vocalist's tonality, the funkiness of the drums and the bass plus the guitar effects floated elegantly through my ear canals like butterflies. A couple of their tracks even reminded me of 90s dance music tracks like 'Children' by Robert Miles and ATB's '9pm (Till I Come)', with their use of heavy delay, driving bass riffs and constant kick drum (maybe I'm just weird though!). I would also like to give a special shoutout to the bassist, who was clearly enjoying his time up on stage. His infectious enthusiasm rubbed off on the audience who clapped along like performing seals in a zoo! I must confess, I was a “seal “ too and absolutely loved Tea Street Band's set!

Last but not least, were The Hummingbirds. I couldn't help but feel a great sense of warmth and affection towards the band, particularly as the 'drummer/percussionist' was just casually sat on a box, with a Hihat beside him! It suited their image down to a tee, as they primarily played 60s inspired Rock 'n' Roll, Folk and Country music (and according to their Soundcloud, 'Nu-Skiffle'…!) The 'front man'/ lead vocalist was hugely confident and had a lovely gravelly tone to his voice. The lyrics were cheesy, the guitar chords were the epitome of retro and the backing vocals were 'so 60s' it was almost like listening to The Four Tops! The vocal harmonies were perfect throughout and the guitar solos conveyed real skill. I haven't got a bad word to say about The Hummingbirds, they were real showmen and I hope they perform as electrically at Liverpool Sound City Festival!