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REVIEW: Nash Nights – New Year’s Eve (Featuring Holloway Road)



What better way to spend New Year’s Eve than to be surrounded by the ‘country family’ at Nash Nights? It’s about time we all had somewhere to go on December 31st to dance to some decent music for a change! This was an extra special Nash Nights, with guest DJ Baylen Leonard and a performance from the Holloway Road boys, who always guarantee an entertaining evening!

Kicking off their 45-minute set with old fan favourite ‘Little Harder’, it was great to see people singing along and it set the tone for a highly energetic, immensely fun show. You know exactly what you’re doing to get; great stage presence, humour and infectious songs – they’re the perfect addition to any party night. With the full band and Under The Bridge’s fancy electronic stage backdrop, we got to see the guys at their explosive best, and they certainly would have raised a few eyebrows amongst the Holloway Road first-timers in attendance. It was great to hear some of the new material from their recent ‘Broke’ EP, including ‘Get The Girl’, ‘Reckless’, ‘Hang Over Here’ and the title track, all of which have shown a real evolution for the duo who’ve put their own spin on the mainstream Nashville sound. None of this stuff would sound out of place on a playlist amongst the familiar names in music city. I’ve loved following their growth over the last few years and I’m sure 2019 will be another exciting year for Jack and Rob.

After their energetic set had come to a close, they took on the DJ role for an hour or so in the run-up to Baylen’s appearance – a good selection from the guys; bangers galore! Baylen can do no wrong either – a great DJ for a lively country party. We had some UK fan favourites like Ashley McBryde’s ‘Radioland’, slightly more off-piste choices like Aaron Watson’s ‘Freight Train’ (a must-play for ANY country disco!) and some throwback classics like Shania’s ‘Man, I Feel Like A Woman’. What more could you ask for?

With Midnight a few moments away, Baylen cranked up the Josh Turner classic ‘Firecracker’ before we all did the countdown and the balloons dropped. A truly brilliant atmosphere in a packed room full of like-minded people. You couldn’t wish to ring in the new year with a better bunch!

It’s great to see that the popularity of Nash Nights hasn’t dwindled since the takeover by the venue. The concept is tried and tested and doesn’t need changing – this event will continue to go from strength to strength. It’s great to see that Worry Dolls have been announced for the next event, too; not necessarily the obvious choice for Nashville Nights but they’re incredibly talented and it’ll be a great showcase for what the Americana scene in the UK has to offer. Get your tickets!

Dan Wharton

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