REVIEW: Boxing Day Boof Bonanza sets the bar high for 2017

Robert Haile takes us back to the festive season with a review of the Boxing Day Boof.

CELEBRATING its fifth year the Boxing Day Boof bonanza was brought back to the Solway hall for an all-dayer that set the bar high for Boof music events in 2017.

Are you with me, Whitehaven? Kazabian front-man played to the Solway Hall crowd -photo by Robert Haile

The Boxing Day 2016 event, organised by The Mighty Boof Promotions, featured plenty of home-grown talent.

The Chadelics and Reptilians returned from the 2015 line up to join Springfield, Mizzoni and Kazabian for an energetic celebration of the events fifth birthday.

Up first Whitehaven-based newcomers, Springfield, performed with a finesse and passion that belied their musical youth.

The four piece group performed an energetic mix of covers with original material that included an interesting version of The Beatles hit Twist and Shout that had Rod Stewart and One Direction thrown into the mix – out of their own songs Seasick is one to listen to.

After Springfield, the audience seem to dwindle in numbers during the Reptilians performance.

Though the Reptilian lads tried hard with a passionate performance – it wasn’t until Mazzoni hit the stage, next, that the audience packed right back on to the floor.

The West-Cumbrian based band played a range of originals, clearly influenced by the likes of The Beatles and The Stone Roses, which were instant crowd-pleasers for an excited audience.

A sure crowd-favourite, The Chadelics, gave a high-energy performance as the cheeky Cumbrian lads played an eclectic mix of their original songs

Headliners, Kazabian, would have given the band they tribute a run for their money.

Fast indie riffs and an energetic, fun and passionate performance made the four-piece a fantastic end to the Boof all-dayer.

A comical moment to the evening was Kazabian’s false ending.

The audience thought their performance had ended and started to leave, right before the four-piece ran back on stage for a surprising encore.

The Boxing Day Boof, back at the Sloway Hall, was a fast-paced and highly-energetic day– but what better way to celebrate the fifth birthday of the Mighty Boof’s event?

They’ve certainly set the bar high for 2017 – let’s see where the event and music promoters take us this year.