We were incredibly lucky to be invited to catch Safeguard as they took to the stage for their very first headline show, which took place at The Crescent in York on Friday 7th July 2017. Support for the show came from On The Ropes, Lyon Estates and One Way Street.
Opening the show were On The Ropes, one of York's finest and rapidly emerging bands. The guys were quick to demonstrate why they are regarded as one of the best in the area as they immediately broke into their set with fierce energy. Front man Jonny Gill spent most of the set within the crowd rather than on the stage. All in all the set was everything the band are renowned for with catchy as hell songs and pure passion from the get go.
You can catch On The Ropes on Wednesday 12th July at The Basement in York as they headline Riff Media's very first gig of the year.
Next to the stage were one of our most favourite bands, Lyon Estates, from Selby. Unfortunately frontman Alex was unable to attend the show, but rather than giving up and cancelling their appearance on the show the band called upon Jonny Gill from On The Ropes and Declan Gough from Safeguard to fill in on vocal duties.
Lyon Estates are the pinnacle of what a pop-punk band should sound like, every single song they have at their disposal is an absolute banger, their stage presence is second to none and the chemistry and coordination within the band is exceptional and the standard which they bring to the stage from recordings is of the highest quality. The band have a bright future ahead of them and it's only a matter of time before they are playing enormous shows and leaving the smaller, intimate settings behind.
Next up were another of York's rising stars One Way Street. The band are currently doing all they can to grow and develop and after watching their set it is easy to see that all their hard work is paying off. The band manage to bring their own twist to pop-punk giving it a fresher sound and something that they are rapidly developing into their own unique sound.
The band bring a high level of professionalism with them to the stage which is demonstrated perfectly with their performance levels and the actual quality that they produce whilst on stage. They are experimenting with new sounds at the moment and may well be a driving force behind a new pop-punk movement once they are fully developed and settled on their identity.
And finally, taking to the stage as the headliners for the very first time, Safeguard. The band are fairly new to the scene but are making some serious waves with their music. The band never looked phased with having the top spot and really came out and made it their own.
They gave an incredibly strong account of themselves and showed just how strong York's pop-punk scene is.
The set had everything you could of asked for, punchy as hell songs, some acoustic songs thrown in for good measure and some great covers that everybody could sing along to. Safeguard certainly delivered on such an important night for the band and I doubt it will be long before we see them out on the road headlining many more towns and cities across the UK.
The band closed their set with a cover of New Found Glory where almost every band member from the support bands and some of the audience climbed on to the stage and joined in, it was a perfect way to show just how strong and in-tune the pop-punk family is in Yorkshire, and Safeguard have integrated into that family with ease.
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On The Ropes
One Way Street