Saturday night Loft gig for rising stars

Alias Kid will be playing at The Loft in Matlock
Alias Kid will be playing at The Loft in Matlock

They are the latest Manchester music sensations - and you can see them at The Loft in Matlock on Saturday, May 9.

Alias Kid are swaggering rockers with more than a hint of Oasis about them. No wonder Alias Kid were snapped up by Alan McGee, the svengali who gave Oasis to the world.

As band manager and the boss of Creation Records, McGee has been associated with some of the biggest names in British independent rock, including the Libertines and Primal Scream.

The band fuses 60s-style anthems with an eclectic mix of influences from the 1970s to the present day, creating a sound that is at once familiar and yet still unique. The band recorded their debut album in The Gorbals Sound Ltd Studios in Glasgow with Paul Quinn (Teenage Fanclub/Soup Dragons) and Kevin Burleigh (Glasvegas/Simple Minds).

In under a year as a band, Alias Kid have risen from obscurity to headline shows in Manchester and Liverpool, secured national airplay on XFM and have won plaudits from those within the industry, many of whom are touting Alias Kid for huge success in 2015.

Supporting them are Frank, an indie band from Wirksworth made up of Craig (vocals) Gaz (guitar) John (guitar) Andy (bass) and Tom (Drums), plus The Indieannas, a four-piece indie dance/rock band from Buxton. The bill is completed by Josh Vallance, frontman of local band Vinyl. Josh is very much at home as a singer-songwriter and will be the perfect first act on stage.

Seb Makemsom from organisers IndieWirks said: “This is another great line-up of bands taking to the stage at The Loft. We really are pushing the boundaries of the local music scene. Alias Kid have been signed by one of the most influential men in the industry and they’re going to be appearing on a stage in Matlock, don’t miss out.”

Tom Furnival, drummer in Frank, added: “Supporting a band who will one day play the biggest festivals in the country is a proud moment for us. Whether they’ll be quite a big as Frank, we shall see.”

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £5, available via SeeTickets or on the door.