^ The Stratus Rocks guitarist could not get enough of his g-string.
GMA sadly caught the latter end of the Danfest event, but this was due to unforeseen circumstances, however we did manage to see the last three acts of the day, first up Stratus Rocks (p.s. we accidentally got Kobain confused with Ethereal Fire so we apologise)
A highly interesting band in as far as they play a style of rock that straddles many rock styles, in other words try pinning them down and you'll find they slip into a myriad of styles. Fueled by the psyched crowd, the gentlemen before the crowd delivered an excellent performance that certainly summed up the whole day as being a total success. Riff after riff the lads demolished the already drunken crowd and left them to pick up the pieces of the ceiling that collapsed from the sheer force of this sensational band, let's hope the venue has insurance that covers mass hearing loss....
^ Kobain's frontman entertained the crowd with a lecture about water
Next to clamber onto the stage was the three-piece Kobain, not much is known about this band on the regional circuit so it was an act one was definitely watching with great interest. What with a nearby attendee exclaiming 'the vocalist, that's Fred Durst!' I knew this was going to be a long set, ironically it was 45 minutes worth, or thereabouts anyhow. Another fruitful rock band bearing the signs that they will do well, fusing an elementary sound of the classic rock sound with an DIY attitude, Kobain done justice in laying down the law for the final act of the evening....
^ If this was Star Wars, Brad would use his guitar-sabre for the Jedi, not the Sith.
The moment majority of the crowd had been waiting for eventually came around, not only was this to be the final gig that drummer David Pankhurst was playing due to health issues sadly, but also this whole day was organized by him and his girlfriend Shelley Morris (plus a dedicated team too) for his son Daniel who has autism and so what a fitting way to end the day than having father and son rocking their hearts out. Trash Monroe, a highly exciting rock band from the abyss of Southend served up a solid yet unrelenting performance, sadly this was not the best one they have done but it was certainly a performance that will go on in living hearts for many a moon. Kept alive by Brad's ongoing guitar flirting skills to Ken's half naked bass playing, the crowd hungered for more and more they got, in the end Danfest 2014 is sure to be on the cards.
 +  +  RHYS STEVENSON
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