Scottish Indie band Tiderays gave a strong Solfest warm up performance at the third Carlisle Fringe festival, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

As part of day two of the arts festival in the border city, the band from nearby Dumfries were part of the Saturday afternoon free performance on the Festival Village stage and delighted a very mixed audience.

Shoppers and festival goers welcomed the band who were formed just 12 months ago. Front man Eddie Oakes had a few technical problems with his guitar, however once they started their set list of original music, they took Carlisle by storm. Oakes with Robbie Huxtable on guitar, Liam Russell on bass and Trevor Newport on drums are a tight combo. They describe their sound as Indie rock with an occasional contemporary folk – the folk of Carlisle loved them.

They have previously played The Brickyard in the city, however taking to the lorry trailer stay in the main shopping precinct in the city, they reach a much wider, and diverse audience which grew as the set went on.

The band have been active on the Dumfries and Galloway music scene, and they were going from Carlisle to play at Solfest’s Cottage Stage on the Cumbrian coast the same weekend. And in November they are supporting Jake Bugg.

The band also have an EP for download – Stay.

The free entertainment at the Festival Village continues over the bank holiday weekend, and is part of a programme of arts, music, comedy, dance and drama across the city. The Carlisle Fringe - Out of the Ordinary runs until 2nd September 2018.

Full details are available on the festival website

Reviewer: Karen Morley-Chesworth

Reviewed: 25th August 2018

North West End Rating: ★★★★★