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LIVE: Reading Festival (Introduction)

Reading Festival has marked the end of our festival season for many years, 2014 proving to be no exception. Welcoming approximately 90000 people through its gate, on top of the 80000 who venture to Leeds, it has quite rightly been dubbed the quintessential British festival. As we are driving to Reading on the Thursday, one […]

LIVE: Authority Zero, Counterpunch @ New Cross Inn, London

As I write this I am weary yet happy after a fantastic array of punk goodness supplied by 5 great bands last night at the New Cross Inn. We kicked off with Red Rag Front who surprised me by no longer being an acoustic duo! They have now morphed into a catchy four-piece who provided […]

LIVE: Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe @ The Garage, London

After the news that ATP’s Jabberwocky fest had fallen through at the 11th hour, a lot of fans were left wondering if the bands from the stellar line up would play replacement shows. In the days after, shows were announced by Pissed Jeans, Iceage, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Van Pelt (eventually), so those that […]

LIVE: Finch @ The Underworld, London

For many fans Finch peaked over a decade ago now, their seminal album ‘What It Is To Burn’ still cited as a favourite. 2005’s ‘Say Hello To Sunshine’ was far less accessible though and the momentum slowed, leading to the band announcing their hiatus in 2006. Yet time is a great healer and there’s definitely […]

LIVE: NOFX, Goober Patrol @ O2 Academy, Oxford

It has been a long time since Oxford has had a punk band of this magnitude come through its University lined streets. Not since the much missed days of The Zodiac have fans had something to shout about, and its not very often you get to see NOFX in such an intimate setting on these […]

LIVE: Deez Nuts, TRC, Louie Knuxx @ Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Tonight Deez Nuts hit Cardiff on their UK tour, and they bring with them one of the rowdiest line ups around. It’s a pretty good turnout at Clwb Ifor Bach tonight, and there are a sea of kids with Deez Nuts t-shirts here. Despite their obvious loyalty to the headline act, they also lose their […]

LIVE: Merthyr Rock 2014

Last weekend, after some of the Punktastic team ventured to Hevy Festival, we hit Merthyr Rock hard. After a year off in 2013, the festival came back with a bang, bringing in Taking Back Sunday, The Blackout and more to really prove how great this festival is. Downsizing from three days in 2012 to just […]

LIVE: Hevy Fest 2014

Like most festivals, Kent’s Hevy Fest has faced its fair share of roller-coaster moments. From garnering acclaim from almost all in attendance in 2010 and 2011, their dual stage set up and over-ambitious line-up proved difficult to swallow in 2012, ultimately leading to a cancelled event in 2013. Not ones to back down, the festival […]

LIVE: DZ Deathrays, Bloody Knees @ The Shacklewell Arms, London

Certain bands are made for a certain type of venue, and when the stars align, these bands and these venues meet in riotous glory. Tonight, the stars are well placed to bring thrash-pop noise makers DZ Deathrays to the deliberately rickety Shacklewell Arms in London’s hipster central, Dalston. With Cambridge based grunge-punks Bloody Knees in […]

LIVE: Deaf Havana, Moose Blood @ The Quarterhouse, Folkestone

The Deaf Havana of old are long gone. It might come as no surprise to fans of the band, but tonight is testament to the timely end of the ‘Friends Like These’ and ‘Nicotine and Alcohol Saved My Life’ screamsters. Not even stripped down renditions of tracks prior to 2011’s ‘Fools and Worthless Liars’ find […]

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