It was a cold, wet and windy Saturday night in Leeds, so I took refuge and headed to cosiest place in the city, the Brudenell Social Club. Here I found a delightful line up that would brighten up any evening.
First on were Leeds locals, Hunting Bears; a five piece delivered charming melodies from their debut EP So Long.
Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell carried on the folk theme by playing a mix of traditional and contemporary folk material inspired by drunken nights and nursery rhymes.
Although it wasn’t a sold out performance the audience were lively and chatty and gave a great applause that could be mistaken for that of a crowd twice its size.
Taking to the stage in quiet a nervous manner, Lanterns On The Lake, delivered a rather epic set. There were moments of spine tingling beauty and enchantment from both the violin and intensified percussion on ‘ Your Almost There’ and ‘Lungs Quicken’ which captivated the audience.
Apart from the lack of audience members and banter from the band it was a great gig to take your mind off the current economic climate and bring to our thoughts to that of cosy hats and scarves, warming hands by the fire and the fast approaching festive season.
The crowd even got had their photo taken with a pair of badgers (a rather friendly pair of small cuddly toy badgers who seemed to rather enjoy themselves).
Lanterns On The Lake’s album, Gracious Tide, Take Me Home, is available now and if you’re lucky enough to see their final UK tour date, at the Deaf Institute in Manchester, have fun.
Words and photos by Hannah Cordingly