Audio Soup, is a yearly festival that has recently found a new home an idyllic oasis of calm in the borders of Scotland, Having been personally involved in the evolution of the festival over the course of the last four years I have always delighted in the diversity of the entertainment that this home grown grass roots three day party has to offer. The Audio Soup Massive brought the essence of this festival to Studio 24. Transforming the venue with the creative spirit that makes all of the Soups events so special, It always attracts a good looking creative crowd and the opening Dj’s set the mood perfectly as the grace of dance engulfed me. I knew this was going to be a good night.
The first band, Supa And Da Kryptonites have been brought to my attention a lot recently, apart from performing at the same venues as Divine, Jay Supa the brain child behind this budding Rock N Roll and Hip Hop blend, is also a very talented poetic rapper that can sing. And an MC that can cut it, Jay blew me away at The Beat Master Generals Drum N Bass gig. Now with an added Horn section.(The trumpet player had the best hair on a man I have ever seen, That alone deserves five stars) And the other vocalist also playing lead guitar..Weaving vocal styles Rock n Rap, With a brilliant Saxophonist and a brilliant drummer, powering the words of wisdom and observation, The Journey of Jay Supa. . Something brilliant is forming with this band. They get bigger and better every time. tonight was no exception. The up for it audience got the groove straight away. And I smiled a smile of knowing. Yes Supa And Da Krypyonites are gonna be very successful. They are touring all over Scotland this coming month. Well done Lads.
The head lining band of the night The Mickey 9’s. A Divine first and a Divine delight. The Mickey 9’s. Rocked the house with a confident performance of original songs played with a certain mastery of experience and stage craft. With echos of Franz Ferdinand, this tight band deserve the recognition that they are currently getting. With songs as good as this played with an indisputable funk that elevated and thrilled this capacity audience. Another example of a band on the rise and a fitting climax to the Live part of this musical experience.
The Dj’s of the night, PJ Coyle Ziggy G, and B2B Era. Kept momentum with groovsome tunes keeping everyone dancing for the duration.
Corn Dolly also brought her creative face painting skills to the party, complimenting the bohemian nature of the night encouraging the flamboyance of everyone.
All in all a very entertaining evening and the perfect tonic to shift the winter blues.
Reviewer : Mark ‘Diviner’ Calvert