Panic Shack brought their unique mix of energetic punk with a power pop twist, complete with synchronised dance routine segment, to The Loft venue in Southampton. This was part of a weekend of celebrations for the 55th year of the independent music venue The Joiners, Southampton, UK.
Their 12 song set had the crowd move between dancing, moshing, singing along, and laughing, frequently at the same time. Starting with “Baby” from their 2022 Baby Shack EP the energy was full-on through to set closer, the unreleased “Gay Bar”. Highlights including “The Ick” and “I Don’t Really Like It”, the latter building with a restrained intro for over half the song until an explosion of energy from both performers and crowd. Sold out in a small venue, this was exciting stuff.
Three support acts, including The Manatees, a local band with strong following, oozing cool, catchy lyrics, and likeable indie rock riffs.
Rising London-band KIDS were an instant hit, absolutely loved by the crowd, dancing along to their amalgamation of indie pop and rap. Often stripped back, uplifting, some spoken word, and catchy plucky-guitar segments on song “Worthy”. Its a great and captivating combination from this exciting band.
Opening the evening was Artemis a local alt rock punk band with energetic lead vocals from Yianna Schultze.