08/12/17 - O2 ACADEMY, BIRMINGHAM
Christmas came early for large parts of the country following an unprecedented amount of snow, the likes of which haven't been seen for years; however this didn't prevent [SKETCH] from playing their biggest show yet in front of an almost sold out O2 Academy. [SKETCH] were the headline act and didn't disappoint and following a strong support card with bands from Worcester and Birmingham, the audience were poised to hear what [SKETCH] had to offer. As well as covers such as "I bet that you look good on the dancefloor" and "Song 2", [SKETCH] also debuted three new songs ahead of their debut album, which is set to be released Easter 2018. The three new songs, entitled "Back Street Driver", "A View From The Terraces", and "Turn In The Road" all went down a treat with their ever-growing fan base. The audience screamed, cheered and danced for the entire 40 minute set, from the moment the band came on stage to the minute they left. The band were overwhelmed with the crowd's response during and after the show and have vowed to return to the Academy in 2018.
10/11/17 - ASYLUM 2, BIRMINGHAM
Coming a matter of weeks before their biggest show yet (a headline at the O" Academy), [SKETCH] took the Asylum 2 by storm as they worked on a number of new covers as well as new, energetic on stage antics that the band are known for. As well as working on new covers in front of a new audience demographic (as the Asylum is a largely a strong rock venue), the song that received the best reception was the original song "the Good, the Bad and the Fugly", which is quickly becoming a trade mark song for [SKETCH]. The audience cheered as the band played through a different set to what is usually expected as the band experimented new aspects of the show in preparation for the O2 headline show. The set went down well with the audience and the band took a new confidence in their own material following the success of "the Good, the Bad and the Fugly".
18/10/17 - CUBAN EMBASSY, BIRMINGHAM
This wet and windy October evening saw [SKETCH] perform at a relatively new venue in Birmingham, the Cuban Embassy. The band debuted new covers such as Arctic Monkeys' "I bet that you look good on the dancefloor" which energetically opened the set as well as other covers that audiences are beginning to demand such as "Song 2" by Blur and "Are you gonna be my girl" by Jet. As well as covers, [SKETCH] also played their trademark original "the Good, the Bad and the Fugly" which increased the energy of the set. [SKETCH] captured the audience in the room as well as attracting members of the public from outside the venue who heard the band and felt impelled to stop and watch the rest of the set, something which the band was pleased with as according to frontman Mat Foley "That's what we want to do; we want to make people stop and think, WOW".
30/09/17 - PARADISE FESTIVAL, OXFORD
This mild September weekend saw [SKETCH] venture outside Birmingham as they were invited to play the prime slot (10:00pm-11:00pm) of Paradise Festival in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research, a cause which the band take very seriously and raised a lot of money for during the show. This was [SKETCH]'s longest set yet as they had a full hour to entertain the audience in the main tent. As son as the band began playing, the tent became rammed of an audience that were new to [SKETCH]'s sound. This was the band's strongest performance to date as they attracted the biggest audience of the evening with their strong sound as well as on stage energy, which saw Charlie mix in the audience whilst still playing guitar. The audience were captured by [SKETCH]'s raw enthusiasm and passion, something that the band have in abundance and enjoyed it as much as the band, who were elated following the performance. Fresh after the performance, the two Matt's in the band couldn't believe the enthusiasm from the audience, with Matt Robinson claiming "We're bringing these to Birmingham with us, that's one hell of a party".
15/09/17 - O2 ACADEMY, BIRMINGHAM
This warm Friday night saw [SKETCH] play at Birmingham's O2 Academy for the first time. Following a strong set from a support band, [SKETCH] took to the stage with energy, playing a strong set with songs that had gone well in previous performances. There wasn't a still foot in the house from the moment Charlie began the set with the iconic guitar riff of "You Really Got Me" to the moment the cymbals stopped crashing following the band's final song. The band brought a new level of energy compared to previous performances, which saw their set include not only the usual instrument swap that is accustom in all [SKETCH]'s performances, but also saw drum sticks and guitar strings both flying. [SKETCH] maintained their quality of sound throughout and following directly from their set were offered a headline slot at the Academy, which was quickly accepted and planned by both promoter and band. [SKETCH] will be headlining the O2 Academy later this year following a number of performances from both Birmingham and other areas of the wider midlands.
09/09/17 - DICKINS HEATH FESTIVAL, SOLIHULL
[SKETCH]'s second outing came on a wet Saturday afternoon in September. The band opened with an emphatic cover of the Kinks' single "You Really Got Me". Despite the weather, the band still attracted people to the stage to watch as the high energy performance captured their attention despite only having a small stage space to perform on. Another stand out hit was Blur's "Song 2" as the long build up created excitement in the crowd before another sing a long took place along with the "Woo-hoos" that the song is known for. The performance once again ended with "Teenage Kicks" which has quickly become a trademark performance that [SKETCH] are receiving excitement and expectation to perform.
15/07/17 - ALVESTON MANOR, STRATFORD UPON-AVON
And they're of! Saturday 15th July 2017 saw [SKETCH] play live for the first time. With just a handful of rehearsals under their belt, the band played a half hour set which saw the audience jump, dance and sing a long. The performance began with a jam in the key of E which firmly grabbed the audience's attention before kicking into a cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Can't Stop". The band played with unprecedented high energy from start to finish before raising the roof with an encore which saw the performance of the Undertones classic hit "Teenage Kicks" which saw the sound levels reach a point that caused the electrics within the entire room cut. However this didn't faze the band or audience as those in attendance simply sang the song on their own, a feat which capped a brilliant debut gig for [SKETCH], who are incredibly excited to begin performing more regularly as well as writing their own material to go towards a potential debut album.