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Review of Keston Cobbler’s Club at the Vault Festival

The Keston CobblersThe Keston Cobbler’s Club with special guests The Ceilidh Liberation Front, set in the old Eurostar Tunnels of Waterloo, where The Vaults venue is brilliantly edgy. Encompassed within is a fully licensed bar, restaurant and variety of venues that are decorated with a combination of just enough grunge and just enough elegance to make it one of THE alternative, performing arts venues to be. This is highlighted even more so by the fact that leading up to The Vaults is a tunnel that is covered from head to toe in graffiti making it slightly daunting but rather stunning to walk through. The room that The Keston Cobbler’s Club and The Ceilidh Liberation Front performed in was a large rectangular space with a small stage at the front and bar at the back, called Arch 2360. It was given a certain ‘out-there’ atmosphere as the word VAULT was spelt out on the ceiling using a combination of black panelling and light bulbs. The walls were lined with posters of up-coming events, showing the vibrancy of life and arts that takes place at The Vaults.

To begin with there were tables lining the room, however these were efficiently cleared by friendly and lively staff to make room for the Ceilidh. The Vaults seemed like the perfect venue for this late night event and it was definitely a place that I would like to revisit again and again to get my fix of alternative style performing arts.

The Keston Cobbler’s Club were first to kick the evening off with their untraditional twist on classic folk music complete with tuba, trumpet and accordion. The range of instruments used gave the impression that The Keston Cobbler’s Club really took their music seriously; they seemed to understand what would work well together and what would make the audience tick. This is exactly what they did as they delivered a fun packed set, complete with audience participatory dance, that got everyone up of their feet and dancing in some sort of style. The overall feel was what would have happened if you played folk music in a nightclub and told people it was the next big thing…which if The Keston Cobbler’s Club and I had our way, I think could be!

As for The Ceilidh Liberation Front, well if you imagine traditional barn dancing and throw in a clubland feel and a dabble of people looking for a good time, then you’ll probably be someone near to thinking about what happened when The Ceilidh Liberation Front took to the stage. It was clear from the involvement of everyone in the room that they were having a whole lot of fun, even if there was quite a bit of confusion due to the caller’s microphone being not loud enough to get over the excitement of the crowd…but we won’t dwell on that too much. The only other slight problem was that in parts the floor was rather dangerous to dance on as some drink had been split leading to a few slips and trips that it would have been better to avoid. Other than this, The Ceilidh Liberation Front was a fabulous event, with fabulous musicians, that should not be missed.

Overall, I would highly recommend going to see either The Keston Cobbler’s Club or The Ceilidh Liberation Front as they made for a really amazing night. But, also, you really should pop down to The Vaults to see anything, anything at all, just to experience the feel of this truly outstanding and different venue.

5 Star Rating

Review by Kat Caunter

The Nest Collective Presents the unmissable ‘Keston Cobbler’s Club’ with special guests The Ceilidh Liberation Front.

Sunday 8th March 2015


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