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The energy levels were high, from first song to last and performances all round were highly entertaining

Blackpool : Waterloo Music Bar - July 2nd 2022

The Waterloo Bar in Blackpool is fast becoming my favourite music venue. If it was a little closer to home I would be there more regularly, and a lot of bands are now adding it to their touring schedule. The staff are friendly and the crowds are always enthusiastic. Manager Ian Fletcher clearly has a passion and knowledge for his business, and is usually around for a chat. The sound is never anything less than perfect and the addition of the screens and recently created Lemmy’s Bar has added to the attraction. A warm and dry night in Summer was the backdrop to my first encounter with the up-and-coming young Kira Mac, fronted by the striking Rhiannon Kira Hill.

Kira Mac (at the time of writing) have released two critically acclaimed songs in recent months, ‘One Way Ticket’ and ‘Dead Man Walking’, with another, ‘Hit Me Again’, due to drop soon. Their debut album is scheduled for the second half of 2022, and if the songs aired so far are anything to go by then it should be an end of year highlight. Watching the band perform live merely reinforced that belief. Though early into their live career they exuded confidence. They may only have a handful of live shows under their belts, but came across as well-rehearsed and seasoned. All three previously mentioned songs were included in the set, which had a nice balance. Kira is very personable front-woman, who had a welcoming stage manner alongside some easy-going between song banter. What was not easy-going was her singing. It is a Rock voice of the highest order and not one note was missed. Two guitars and bass either side laid the foundations for some top-quality material and it was hard to believe it was the drummer’s first show with the band. The energy levels were high, from first song to last and performances all round were highly entertaining. They came across like a Halestorm/Black Stone Cherry hybrid, though clearly had an identity of their own.

With more shows on the cards and a headline tour to coincide with the release of the album, it will be interesting to see how Kira Mac develop. I’ll be back in Blackpool to see them again and may even add a few more dates......yes, they were that good.

Dave Bott

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