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Review: STAY SOUR Sourdough x Soundsphere Halloween Party, The 2nd Floor, Chester

Tori Erskine heads to The 2nd Floor in Chester to sample a spookily-themed evening of music. Photos: Tori Erskine.

Last Saturday saw the second Sourdough event hit Chester, this time at The 2nd Floor on Upper Northgate Street, following its debut at St Mary’s Creative Space in 2017.

Sourdough, created by online music magazine Soundsphere, gives young individuals the opportunity to coordinate an event, as well as marketing and promoting it.


Spooky venue

This year’s Halloween-themed party turned the wonderful 2nd Floor store into a spooky music venue. If you’ve not yet visited, it’s filled with a fabulous array of fashion, arts and crafts. There’s also The Band Stand corner that champions local musicians, and gives customers the opportunity to purchase some of their music, including Chester’s Alx Green. It was the perfect creative spot to showcase some eclectic music styles.

The Halloween Party saw The Floormen, Chupa Cabra and Sit Down take to the stage.

Psychedelic sounds

The Floormen, from Liverpool, brought some psychedelic sounds from the city with them, and at times was reminiscent of the iconic War of the Worlds and Pink Floyd. The 2nd Floor seeps with creativity, and with the room draped with fairy lights, it was the ideal spot for the band’s unique sounds. Find The Floormen online here.

I was so excited to see Chupa Cabra as they’ve been on my radar for the past few years. Safe to say I jumped at the opportunity to finally see them! For a three-piece band they bring a tonne of energy and their brilliant garage-punk sounds to the stage. I particularly enjoyed it when lead singer Hayden nonchalantly got one of the crowd to hold his mic for a bit. They’re local to the city so I recommend going to see them when you can, don’t miss out on their upcoming shows here.


Grungy sounds

Finally, two-piece Sit Down from Brighton closed the show. It’s easy to see why they’ve already been scouted by BBC Introducing, and have also played at Reading and Leeds BBC Introducing Stage. The pair’s grungy sounds complimented the psychedelic and punky vibes from The Floormen and Chupa Cabra. Singer Katie Oldham’s vocals juxtaposed the male vocals from the evening, as she coolly played the drums as well as singing. You can find more of their music here.


Make sure to go visit The 2nd Floor, there’s plenty of art and clothes to have you lusting over and they’ve plenty of upcoming events too, which you can find on their Facebook.

Keep an eye out for further Sourdough events here.

About Angela Ferguson (231 Articles)
I'm a writer, journalist and blogger, as well as the founder and editor of culture webzine I'm also a university lecturer in journalism and media communications and a radio presenter for hire.

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