Many thanks to the 405 for this great review of the full-band set at Evolution Emerging 2014!
Bringing an end to proceedings were The Lake Poets, the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Martin Longstaff who sometimes performs as a solo artist and sometimes with a band – tonight we got both. And anyone who has seen this guy perform will know that he takes you on an emotional roller-coaster and tugs on each and every one of your heartstrings. With his very evident pride in hailing from Sunderland, his spirited and gracefully concocted tracks had us gripped from the get-go. Haunting and intimate it served as the perfect way to end a day in celebration of the great North East’s emerging musical prowess.
Read the full review of the evening here.
Thanks to NE Volume for this great review of the set at Evolution Emerging 2014!
"The Lake Poets, often a solo project created by Martin Longstaff, is very often joined by a full band, and tonight we managed to witness both essences of The Lake Poets.
Martin delicately played through a number of heart-wrenching and thought-provoking tracks such as ‘Windowsill’ – his opening song of the night. The sombre track instantly created an extremely powerful atmosphere in the jam-packed venue, and the song had an honesty rarely found today in the charts - it showcased Martin’s really knack of sticking his audience to the spot, whilst plucking vigorously at your heartstrings.
Martin was later joined to the stage by his full band, which added an extra dimension and intensity to the set, and they went on to play through a number of beautifully sentimental, honest and captivating songs including new track: ‘Honest Hearts’ from their brand new EP which takes the same name.
Martin, who obvious to say is extremely proud of his local roots, also penned track ‘Vane Tempest’ a touching track, and the perfect tribute to the North East’s industrial past with gripping and provocative lines such as: “They don’t care for you and me, we don’t live in London, do we.”
Martin, along with his band, delivered a simply captivating set, and it was the perfect way to end a fascinating evening which truly showcased what the North East music scene has to offer.”