Shacklewell Arms – Sunday 14th September | Photo of Nai Harvest by Anant Naik
It’s easy to love Art is Hard, even more so when their birthday comes around and they put on a buttload of rad bands for a ludicrously cheap amount and invite us along to celebrate.
Originally Exeter-based, the independent label marked 4 years of existence on Sunday at Shackwell Arms and although it was ironically titled ‘Hardly a Party’ it was a party I’ll hardly forget. This isn’t just because of the freebie tote bag filled with sweets and stickers, the red velvet cake or shack’s famous chilli cheese fries, it was undoubtedly the 14 awesome bands that graced the stage (and garden) for our listening pleasure.
Highlights included the post punk super group White Sands, made up of John Webb (Male Bonding), Sophy Hollington (Novella) and Conan Roberts (Mazes), Noise pop twosome Playlounge, Nai Harvest and half the crowd losing their shirts and tearing shit up with the most energetic set of the evening and The Magic Gang melting hearts with their goofy stage presence and catchy Weezer-esque tracks.
I left the party feeling like a 9 year old kid again; suffering through a sugar rush comedown with a goody bag in hand, party popper string in my hair and sweets in my teeth.