Stag and Dagger Festival, Shoreditch, 19 May 2011

Photo: Gina Morris

The Stag and Dagger festival is Shoreditch’s showcase of new and upcoming British talent: a taste of what you’ll be listening to in a few months’ time.

The Old Blue Last’s tiny upstairs stage was host to a roaring set from Mammal Club, who managed to entertain the small group of festival-goers and kicked off the evening in style. Having recently played The Great Escape, this Newcastle-based band stormed the venue with their beat-driven chaotic but slick performance.

Over at 93 Feet East fans were capturing the sound of Entrepreneurs. Hailing from Hampshire, this mental electronic vocalist hit out and played amazing songs that feature both F.O.E. and Ghostpoet.

The young MC Dels was up next with only a few more people gathering in the back room for his set of lyrically spectacular and electronic-based tracks – with his big tune, Shapeshifter, giving the crowd an uplifting feel.

Finally, Ghostpoet took to the stage having watched all the acts supporting him from the floor. The amount of press hype surrounding this guy put high expectations on his performance, but he nailed it! With the assistance of bandmates on drums and electric guitar, he proved that Survive It is as good live as it is on the radio.

At XOYO was female electro-synth duo, Creep. With not a huge crowd and only a short set, You, a track featuring Nina Sky, was definitely the highlight.

Back at the Old Blue Last was an incredible set from Patterns. Famous for their Pure Shores All Saints cover, they revealed an impressive collection of atmospheric tunes from their debut, New Noise, which was released last year.

An amazing set from Star Slinger marked the end of chasing new music around East London at about 2am, and topped off a quality line up of diverse acts all mixed together with an electro edge – exciting stuff for the music scene of 2011!

By Gina Morris

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