Peggy Sue’s in Leigh-on-Sea was the place to be on Monday night (30/07/18). From the high energy of the bands to the stripped back acoustic tones of the solo acts, it was the perfect way to kick-start the week.

I pulled out my acoustic guitar to open the show under my Red Kadett project. I can’t exactly review myself but seeing as I don’t perform an awful lot these days, it was great fun and I was happy to be a part of the event.

Find out more about Red Kadett here.

Next up was the powerful voice of Katy Forkings accompanied by her delicate acoustic guitar. Katy is becoming a well known singer/songwriter on the Essex music scene and with a highly original style, it’s easy to see why. She performed songs from her new EP and instantly won the crowd over. Katy Forkings is without a doubt an artist that you need to see live.

Find out more about Katy Forkings here.

With the mellow acoustic moments over, Tugboat Captain took their place in the corner of the jam-packed room. It was a belter of a performance that took the night to an entirely different place. Gracing us with their noisy upbeat pop-rock, the London band played songs old and new that had a modern yet 60s feel about them. They were a big bundle of fun with plenty of singalong moments and crazy outbursts – the small talk wasn’t bad either, with the crowd in fits of laughter. Overall, it was a performance full of power and originality, one that you could watch time and time again.

Find out more about Tugboat Captain here.

The closing act for the night were the members of the Southend Sun Club themselves, Rooskin. Fresh on the Essex music scene with singles Goldfish and Sunseeker, these guys are making some of the finest music around at the moment. Accompanied by their newly acquired drummer, Rob and Matt took to the limelight playing their own signature blend of indie-pop.

They filled their set with plenty of feelgood summer vibes and huge choruses. There was even a rendition of a track from Les Misérables (only because Rob had to fix their laptop). All in all, a great set from a well and truly rising Essex band.

Find out more about Rooskin here.