There we were, all having a pre gig curry on Friday night, it was kind of busy, the place was packed you could hardly hear the person next to you speak. There were many local Asians enjoying a catch up, Polish, and Eastern Europeans. It was very multicultural in every sense. Then suddenly the noise level went stratiferic, noise alarms set off.
The restaurant was full of a strange and unfathomable language.
WHAY HA KIDDA! Roars of Laughter, Hugs, Hands clasped in friendship.
Lager flowed, the owners face lit up as the takings doubled in ten minutes.
MANDORA from the North East had arrived in Style, to their first ever gig south of Manchester, they had hit the big time playing SLOUGH!
You cannot miss these guys, they are no shrinking violets that's for sure
They hit the ground running and everyone around is caught up with their infectious laughter, friendship and the sheer joy of enjoying life
Paul Binyon, Duncan Binnie, Sean Wilkinson, Darren Parnaby along with John Lambton who was their roadie and Mearfest photographer for the whole day, they brought the metal, infused with a hearty punch of Punk, their excitement is palpable. When they got to 'Take my hand' a song they sung for us personally last year in South Shields, singing from the heart before our Molly's handprint backdrop, well, the audience went wild, chanting take my hand, with horns and fists in the air. Paul Binyon commented later he had goosebumps throughout that song. Another favorite was the title track of their new album, 'Life goes on' again mearfesters went bananas. Followed by 'Reborn' which from our point of view, WOW, isn't this what we are all about? You guys nailed it!
They reminded me of bonfire night, they are the one big rocket in the box, the one you can't wait to see get lit when your a kid. Brightly lit, with sparkling colourful wrappings
But when it's lit, Ohhhhh !! when it's airborne and heading to the stars. When amps are turned to eleven.....
The Explosion of love and Joy is tremendous
The legend that is MANDORA
They lit up our weekend with a light that is still burning now
And will forever shine brightly for us both, true Mearfest family.
All other photos by JOHN LAMBTON
Brian & Claire Mear pride themselves on putting on a good show. Photography is Claire's passion, only the finest collection of images will be added here by the best photographers.