MAL­LORY KNOX

PLUS: A WORLD AWAY CRAU­FURD ARMS, MIL­TON KEYNES. 30.01.16 ME­TE­ORIC BRIT- ROCK­ERS HEAD DOWN THEIR LO­CAL BOOZER TO CEL­E­BRATE THE VENUES THAT MADE THEM

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WORDS: JAMES MACKIN­NON

PHOTO: IAN COLLINS

■ LOOK AT a map of the area, and Mil­ton Keynes Na­tional Bowl stands as an im­pos­ingly huge space, where leg­ends world­wide have slayed thou­sands on its stage. Me­tal­lica, Green Day, Foo Fight­ers, Linkin Park – the list of bands who have trod the Bowl’s stage makes it clear: only the big­gest and best need ap­ply. How­ever, it’s not in places like that where leg­ends are formed. It’s in small places like The Crau­furd Arms, down the road, where you can see the whites of a crowd’s eyes that great­ness is born, some­thing Mikey Chapman is keen to em­pha­sise as his crew tear up their old stomp­ing grounds for In­de­pen­dent Venue Week:“with­out places like this we would all have very lit­tle,” he de­clares mid-set, sweat drip­ping from his mop.“let’s keep them alive.”

It’s a point finely il­lus­trated by Mil­ton Keynes na­tives A World Away.though it’s only their se­cond- ever show, the tight chem­istry and im­pas­sioned cho­ruses dis­played in their emo tunes proves a promis­ing start to their jour­ney.and though Mal­lory Knox are now used to venues 10 times this size, they’re im­me­di­ately in their el­e­ment as the elec­tri­fy­ing Wake Up whips the crowd into a frenzy. Even with a ba­sic rig, their vis­ceral en­ergy is more than should fit in the room, and at this dis­tance you can see bassist Sam Dou­glas’ mile-wide grin as huge sing-alongs fall like rain on Re­sus­ci­tate and Get­away.

As a surg­ing Light­house closes the evening, with Mikey lean­ing head­first into the heav­ing throng, it’s clear Mal­lory Knox have long out­grown small places like this. But it’s bit­ter­sweet, trans­for­ma­tive mo­ments like this which th­ese walls are built for. And it’s what makes them so spe­cial.

Mikey’s new bracelet was ridicu­lously big MIKEY CHAPMAN IS IN­DE­PEN­DENT VENUE WEEK AN IM­POR­TANT CAUSE FOR YOU? “Ab­so­lutely, es­pe­cially since we’ve played The Crau­furd Arms many times. My favourite thing when we were play­ing smaller shows was to read who e

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