Whenever Be Sharp Promotions announce an all dayer at the New Cross Inn you know it's going to be a very special day. The trend continued on the third of November as UK ska punk cult heroes Fandangle played a special one off show celebrating the ten year anniversary of their much loved album Fly Away. The day was packed with some of the most promising up and coming pop punk and ska bands, as well as some older favourites and some extra special guests who I will speak more of later.
We arrived at the New Cross Inn nice and early, partly to make sure we were there in time for the opening band Snap Out and partly because it's just nice to hang out with the lovely people who regularly attend Be Sharp gigs. We last saw Snap Out on the second day of Polite Riot festival in the summer. That show was Snap Out's last with their drummer as he was moving to Japan. Now, four months later, they were back at the New Cross Inn for their first show with their new drummer. These guys have clearly been practising as they were tight. I find Snap Out quite hard to describe musically – they play a hybrid of alternative rock and pop and skate punk that works brilliantly. Now they have a new drummer in place, I'm looking forward to seeing them become a regular fixture at the New Cross Inn.
Up next were one of a couple of bands I was hearing for the first time. Hemel Hempstead four piece Saving Sebastian quickly won the surprisingly large for the time of day crowd over with a confident and energetic performance. Clearly influenced by early 2000s pop punk, I imagine these guys were huge fans of Drive Thru Records back in the day. One of many aspects of their performance I enjoyed was the use of two vocalists, whether singing on their own separately or together, it really added to their performance. What was perhaps the funniest moment of the day also happened during their set. During a song about anal (yup) I happened to look outside of the New Cross Inn and saw a lady dancing with her young child completely oblivious to what the song was about.