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Opium - Alternative Club & Bar
71 Cowgate, EH1 1JW Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Mason Hill plus support at Opium, Edinburgh
Glasgow's Mason Hill are hot property right now. From appearing on The Rising Stage at Ramblin' Man Fair to winning Hard Rock Hell's 'Highway To Hell' UK battle of the bands competition — this is a group very much in demand!
The Scottish quintet's blend of Classic meets Modern Hard Rock results in a batch of uncompromising riffs accompanied by anthemic sing along choruses and stadium friendly ballads. Their high energy live shows impress wherever they play, and they display the swagger and confidence of a band that has being doing it for twentysome years.
In 2008 two school friends, vocalist/guitarist Scott Taylor and lead guitarist James Bird, acted upon some musical commonality and hooked up to write songs together. The duo found almost instantaneous success, pipping some 12,000 artists to win the Scottish section of the European battle of the bands Surface Festival competition. This led to them performing at the O2 in London, but more importantly, planting seeds in their minds of what the future may hold. With their appetites well and truly whetted from this modicum of success, Taylor and Bird formed Mason Hill in 2013 with drummer Craig McFetridge being the first to join the ranks. After a few personnel changes, bassist Matthew Ward (Attica Rage) settled into the role in 2015, with guitarist Marc Montgomery completing the current line-up in 2016 — allowing Taylor to concentrate solely on vocals.
Mason Hill spent the next few years «learning their craft» on stages up and down the UK. This included some high-profile shows supporting the likes of Graham Bonnet (Rainbow), Snakecharmer (feat. ex-Whitesnake, Thunder & Wishbone Ash members), Toseland, Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, The Dead Daisies and Stone Broken, as well as an appearance at Wildfire Rock & Metal Festival.
In late 2015 the band released their debut E.P, the self-titled 'Mason Hill', featuring four tracks that highlighted exactly why this band are turning heads — outstanding songs that demonstrate a maturity far beyond their years. Recorded at The Foundry Music Lab with Sandy Jones (Wet Wet Wet, Albert King, Carol Kidd) in the producer's chair, the E.P has been critically acclaimed amongst the music press and fans alike.
2016 brought several breakthroughs in the band's career, firstly the invitation to perform on The Rising Stage at Ramblin' Man Fair festival, headlined by Whitesnake and Black Stone Cherry, secondly signing a management deal with Shock City Productions, winning the UK wide Highway To Hell battle of the band competition that earned them opening the mainstage at Hard Rock Hell 2016 along-side the likes of Ugly Kid Joe, Ratt & Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple) and finally appearing at Winterstorm Festival, alongside the likes of Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, The Almighty), Last in Line (ex-Dio) & Inglorious. With the band on the verge of signing a record deal and plenty of dates booked in the diary, 2017 promises to be another stellar year for a band whose trajectory is well and truly on the up!