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Too many t’sThe Now Stage Thursday takeover of The Den saw Molotov Jukebox, Son of Dave, Too Many T’s, Will Varley, The Church and Frankie Forman kick off Blissfields 2016. The self proclaimed family of bands proved to be an explosive start to what will be the most unique Blissfields yet.

Formed in 2013, This is Now are a bookings, management and events company based out of East London. The agency works with festivals and promoters to help book emerging and established artists, whilst also actively hosting events that showcase the agency’s diverse roster of artists.

One highlight of Thursday night was The Church, a parody of a Deep South Pentecostal church who brought their unique brand of blues, soul and disco to the congregation gathered under The Den’s vaulted ceiling. The band’s fiery musical sermon came to close with frontman/pastor Michael Alabama Jackson encouraging the crowd to kneel before rising again in celebration.

The Church at the Blissfields This is Now Take Over
The Church at the Blissfields This is Now Take Over

Thursday also saw Too Many T’s, Britain’s very own Beastie Boys, deliver an engerising set with ferocious intensity. After meeting at a university house party, Leon Rhymes and Standaloft have been growing in popularity in the past few years and after their session at The Den, it’s pretty clear why!  Trading blasts of back to back rapid-fire lyrics set to an unrelenting soundtrack which channels the golden era of hip-hop up to the present day’s dance inspired beats.

Too Many T's at Blissfields This Is Now Take Over. Photo by Tony Jump/ Tonyjupp.com
Too Many T’s at Blissfields This Is Now Take Over. Photo by Tony Jump/ Tonyjupp.com

Longtime T’s fan, Tony Jupp told us “it was one of the best sets I’ve seen from them”

The final artist of This Is Now’s takeover, Molotov Jukebox, proved to be just a chaotic as their name suggests. Fusing the musical styles of tropical dance and Balkan Brass and anything in-between, the group kept the crowd on their toes throughout. It was clear to see that the group all fed from the energy of the crowd.

Check out our interview with Molotov Jukebox earlier in the year
Molotov Jukebox at This is Now take over at Blissfields 2016
Molotov Jukebox at This is Now take over at Blissfields 2016

Their act and onstage dancing only increased in intensity as they plowed through their set. One audience member, Loui Sharman told us “It was really good, the guys weren’t just playing they were entertaining. Song after song, they kept the crowd dancing which was great!”

Check out some more work from Blissfields’ on site photographer Tony Jupp here

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