MIRRORS: Hoops + Miya Folick @Moth Club, London
Side Stage went to Mirrors festival in London to watch two of our favourite new acts: Hoops and Miya Folick. We ate bubbles and even saw Diego from The Parrots breaking his foot. This is our adventure at Moth Club. It’s not every day I’m lucky enough to sleep more than five hours, especially if I spent the previous evening in Manchester watching Telegram, Phobophobes and Man Made with a very special guest in the crowd: Jonny Marr; or if it’s Halloween, which means everyone in Huddersfield is out and on my way home I randomly meet a guy who tells me that his experience at Boom Festival in Idanha-A-Nova, Portugal, was the best thing he has done, confessing me how his sexual life improved in a matter of two weeks. ‘What happens at Boom doesn’t need to stay at Boom’ he says. Anyway.
I was freshly ready for another cold journey to London. Our lovely friend & partner in crime for the day, Ash was waiting for me, and Seven Sisters was our destination. On our way there he tells he is hosting some very special guests at his place “Hoops just came from Amsterdam and I let them take a power nap before they head to the venue”. Hoops were playing at Mirrors London festival right before Miya Folick: the reason behind my trip to London.
This meeting was in slow motion: I was still waking up from my train journey and the guys have been touring Europe, spreading their ‘Cool’ music so, as you can imagine, our batteries were not fully charged. However, Ash (as usual) took very good care of us. Nana Susie’s was the place where our day officially began and the place where we discovered the best source of energy for the day: Bubbles!
We were still digesting our food but it was time to set off. Luckily, Hoops’ Tetris skills are on point so in less than half an hour the gear was in the van and the crew was ready to invade Moth club. I wasn’t familiar with Hackney area but Moth Club was the venue I’ve wanted to visit for ages. That ceiling and that stage… it’s so me! While I was still mesmerised by the glitter and sparkles around me, I could see from the corner of my eye a very friendly face. Bryant hugged me instantly and we both ran upstairs to meet Josh. The whole crew was finally reunited. - If you follow Side Stage, you may recognise Josh from when Triptides played at Rock in Rio Lisbon (we all still think it was all a dream). Bryant is now replacing Dylan and together they’re Miya’s band -
While they were setting up the stage, I admitted to Ash I’ve only come across with one of their songs so I was getting incredibly curious about how they perform live. “La La La” was definitely the highlight. I’ve spent these last months watching so many gigs and I wish bands would give me something like what I happily found on Hoops more often – the dreamy and summery vibe that totally matched the venue but also the complicity and happy personalities you can easily detect in the band. Individually, I found each one of them very unique which is not necessarily a bad thing if the result turns out to be something like that. Also, Jack’s joy of being on that stage gave me enough motivation to keep photographing and ignore the fact that my lens was covered by my own blood. (I’m very Rock n’ Roll when it comes to cut myself in lost pieces of glass).
Back in May Josh, Bryant, Ana and I talked about how successful Miya’s music would be in Europe. It only took a couple of months to make this conversation real. Mirrors festival was hosting one of her first gigs in London, which is obviously an excellent reason for me not to miss it and get reunited with the boys. Miya’s debut album is not even out yet but you know she’s slowly conquering the world when you see her fans singing every word of her new single ‘God Is A Woman’ only five days after its release. Her performance totally reached a whole new level in ‘Pet Body’, showing how powerful her voice can be, moving the crowd to a whole new state of mind. Even though this is Miya’s music, it’s hard not to mention Josh’s, Bryant’s and Garet’s performance. They catch her garage rock’s energy and transfer it to their instruments in the most appropriate way. Moth Club was glad to be part of this gig and believe me, those 30 minutes are not going to be easy to forget. Two acts who bring something very special in the music scene. We are lucky enough to have caught them at this early stage right before the storm of huge tours and well-known music websites starting to make too lazy and predictable comparisons. A quick summary of the rest of the night: Bat for Lashes looked amazing; unfortunately, the sound at St John at Hackney Church did not impress me. We went back to Moth Club where we found The Parrots, ready to start the after party. Diego definitely knows how to party hard and broke his foot during his gig (see here how). Mirrors Festival and Hackney… thank you for having me. I’ll be back very, very soon.
Find more about Hoops here
Find more about Miya here