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Holding Absence set to play in Hull

An up and coming metal band from Cardiff, who have had their song played on BBC Radio One and are performing at Download Festival in Donington Park this year (9 – 11 June), are visiting Hull next month.

Holding Absence will be playing a show on 20 March with their touring support, Return to Rome, and three local bands at O’Rileys on Beverley Road.

Lewis Ross, who organised the event, said he wanted to bring the band back to Hull after they made an “amazing” first impression at their debut gig, at O’Rileys a few months ago.

He explained: “Since that day, everyone has spoken about them none stop.”

Mr Ross said people seem to be glad to hear that Holding Absence are returning to Hull.

He claimed: “The reaction has been amazing. So many people from Hull seem to already love the band. I know quite a few people who are massive fans of Holding Absence, and they have spent ridiculous amounts of money on their merchandise and have even got their moth logo tattooed on them.”

Due to the vast amount of people who claimed they want to see Holding Absence in Hull again, Mr Ross said he’s hoping at least 100 people turn up.

The three supporting acts from Hull are pop punk inspired band To the Strongest, alternative rock band The Escape Artist and metal band Liberatae Mae.

Lewis Ross said: “The three local supports were all picked not only on talent, as there were so many talented bands wanting to play, but also on suitability.”

On Facebook, To the Strongest said they were “stoked” to be supporting Holding Absence and that they “honestly cannot wait” for the gig.

Holding Absence, who are signed by Sharptone Records, have had their song Permanent played on Daniel P Carter Radio 1’s Rock Show. They are also going to be touring with We Are the Ocean next month.

Darren Bunting, who owns O’Rileys, said: “Holding Absence were really good last time they came to Hull and I thought it was a great idea when Lewis said he wanted to bring them back to do another show in our venue.”



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