… piss up in a brewery! Well, it turns out that’s exactly what The Leylines can do for their ‘northern’ album launch party in Burton on Trent. The Tower Brewery is a superb setting for a gathering like this – walking there having taken in a little of the ambitious pub crawl undertaken by the more hardy drinkers felt like the set to a football hooligan film, stark, industrial, not particularly safe feeling – then you’re let in to a veritable grotto.
The stage is right by the door, there’s a balcony, an intriguing spiral staircase – and perhaps best of all a bar at the back selling lovely ales for just £2.50 a pint. On the to work on side the sound was a bit of a challenge certainly initially – whether it really improved or the beer kicked in, who knows? And there were plenty of familiar folk already there and yet to arrive too – one of my favourite new venues in a while for its charm and originality. An actual piss up in a brewery, with some music too!
Some technical problems has delayed the actual album being available as planned – but as a special bonus Brian Stone had his EP ready to go – I’ve already had a sneak peak of it, and it’s a lovely collection of songs – I’ll write more about it at a later date when I’ve gotten to know them better. More pressingly (huh, pressingly, press CDs, EPs, Albums, geddit?).. the aforementioned Mr Stone was the first act up on stage for the evening.