by Sophie Squires
Last Friday, Plymouth Pavilions held ‘Pavilions Introduces’ – a hand curated program of events showcasing the South West’s finest talent in its most intimate setting to date. The night saw performances from acts known as The Native, Milo Gore and Pitcher. Let’s get you up to speed on each act:
The Native are an Indie Alternative band from Devon, UK. Charlie, Ben, Tom and Harry are all 18, with Max who is 21. Recently forming together as ‘The Native’ just over a year ago they have already seen huge success within the short period of time they have been playing together.
Milo Gore is a five piece collective from Cornwall, England. After establishing the band whilst at university, they have since generated an outstandingly dedicated following, pushing plays above 145,000 on Spotify.
Pitcher are a razor sharp indie rock with a hearty handful of mid-western emo sensibilities. They’ve been a friendly face of Plymouth’s underground scene for many years.
As someone in the audience, I want to feel engaged with the performer.
Sure, you’re there to listen and enjoy the music, but for me personally, the best music events are the ones where there’s a connection between the artist and those watching. Otherwise, I may as well just switch on their latest playlist and listen through my headphones on the bus journey to work. I’m glad this wasn’t the case for this event.
All of the groups were great at building a fantastic rapport with the audience. Even though the crowd was small to begin with before more and more people started to filter in, the crowd engagement was spot on and it truly set the tone for the rest of the night.
It’s not easy getting up on the stage and performing, but every single act did it with such ease.
There was a great mix of different styles and genres the keep the dynamic interesting. Even if the music isn’t to your taste, you can still appreciate the sound and the vocals of each and every performer.
Sometimes bands can blast their music too loud which just drowns out the singing and has me jumping out of my skin every ten seconds! The levels were perfect, especially for the size of the venue, and at just enough to get rid of any surrounding sound so I could properly immerse myself in the music.
The whole night had a fantastic vibe and it was great to see people of all ages come together to dance the night away to a great variety of local talent.
Pavilions Introduces is an innovative way of getting local talent performing in Plymouth at our local venues. I’m excited to see what is has in store for future events, because I’ll definitely be back for more!