Last night was the first of three nights at the Islington Academy that sees 3 unsigned bands fight it out for the chance to open V Festival in August as part of the 'Road to V' competition.First up last night was Amy Bullman who is the reserve choice should any band be unable to make it through the contest, with a simply amazing voice. Combining streaks of Lily Allen and KT Tunstall, Bullman has a voice strong enough to take her places. Quickly following Bullman was The Jubilees who had bought the biggest contingent of fans with them. Sounding remarkably Jam-esque they were the ones seemingly most likely to go on to big things. Last up were Bo Pepper, going for a Garbage style approach, with mixed results.Tonight sees Rosalita (a mixture of Maximo Park's guitars, a pinch of Automatic's Penny squeaking and a scoop of Depeche Mode synths), New Cassettes (Futureheads style angular guitars and chaotic live shows) and Johnny Foreigner (a combination of Bloc Party and Broken Social Scene) all play. Tomorrow night is perhaps one of the best nights of the three with The Outside Royalty (this Londonista's flavour of the month - think Arcade Fire with a hint of Bowie) Maxfield (led by ex Groove Armarda singer Valerie Maxfield) and Colchester based Dylan James (think Graham Coxon with simple catchy hooks)If you want to go tickets are free, so if your not doing anything tonight and fancy a free night out, why not pop along? You just need to text in what day you want to go to and the number of tickets (maximum of four) to 80150. As an example, if you'd like three tickets for tonight (16th May) show simply text 16x3. More information on the Road to V website.
Road To V free gigs tonight and tomorrow
Last Updated 16 May 2007