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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 […]

LIVE: A 28 Year Old Goes to Warped Tour

Going to Warped Tour at 28 is a weird experience, especially when the last time you’ve been was seven years prior. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Seven years is a long time for things to change. Even when I was going to Warped regularly, there was already a notable shift away from the […]

LIVE: Anberlin, Natives, Fort Hope @ Electric Ballroom, London

It’s time. It’s time to finally say goodbye to Anberlin. The band that grew up alongside us in the early noughties have decided that at the end of their current tour cycle, Anberlin will call it a day and we’ll all carry on remembering them as a band who never quite got what they truly […]

LIVE: blink-182 @ O2 Academy, Brixton

Dick jokes. Love them or hate them, when they are uttered by middle aged men about to jump into a rendition of the swear-filled ‘Family Reunion’, something doesn’t quite sit right. See, the thing is that blink-182 are no longer the band they used to be. Although age undoubtedly plays its part in this, it’s […]

LIVE: WonkFest

Alex Wonk Unit outside The Grosvenor Pub | Photo Credit: Mark Richards WonkFest was a resounding success. The organisation that went into it can only be described as pain-staking, backed up by an all-round effort from the bands, the bar staff, the film crew and the sound technician. Not only did the whole event run smoothly, […]

LIVE: Lower Than Atlantis, Decade @ Dingwalls, London

Last week saw an utterly fantastic line up hit Dingwalls in Camden: Lower Than Atlantis, Decade and Yearbook (who we sadly missed, but by all accounts, they went down a storm). Not only are all three great bands, but they’re all great British bands, and it’s something we should all be proud of. Watford’s Lower […]

LIVE: Reel Big Fish @ Rose Theatre

So here we are, for the very first gig at a venue that isn’t traditionally used for music, The Rose Theatre in Kingston. There’s a real sense of ‘will it work out right?’ but The Rose is completely packed out downstairs so there’s no doubt here tonight. Reel Big Fish (and chips) come triumphantly out […]

LIVE: Judge, Survival, Inherit, xRepentancex @ The Dome, Tuffnell Park

Hardcore by its very nature is a genre filled with superlative statements through the years such as “It will never happen again”, “The last time ever” and so on. It is because of statements like these that when Judge announced their return at The Black and Blue Bowl in New York last year the hardcore […]

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