Zoax Leadmill Simon Butler

ZOAX @ Leadmill

Review of ZOAX at The Leadmill on Friday 24 July at Tramlines.

In the midst of a hectic run of the UK festival circuit, ZOAX stopped off at Tramlines last night, providing a heavier alternative to Friday’s headliners The Charlatans. Fortunately, the five-piece managed to maintain the streak of excellence carried by the show’s openers, Inherit The Stars, and Story. The group, who only formed in 2013, appeared to dominate the stage with their charismatic frontman diving into the crowd and elevating levels of excitement. “This is our fourth time in Sheffield, who’s seen us before?” yelled vocalist Adam Carroll, before proclaiming his love for the city. After delving into numerous hits from their recent release Is Everybody Listening? Carroll took fans by surprise by storming into the centre of the crowd and performing solo on acoustic guitar. The audience swarmed around the vocalist as he poured his heart out, exposing a new layer to the group’s sound. After telling the crowd to hush, he reunited with his band mates onstage, before slamming into an onslaught of heavy riffs. “Enjoy your weekend, Sheffield is a mighty place” said Carroll before exiting the stage and turning up the heat on upcoming headliners We Are The Ocean.

Words: Kieran Harris

Photo: Simon Butler

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