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LIVE: NOFX / Alkaline Trio / Lagwagon / Gnarwolves @ Brixton Academy,

Having seen NOFX once before, albeit in a muddy field at Reading, I am both excited and weary of their polarising gig performances. Whilst I was growing up I was a huge fan of their attitude, style and music yet when I saw them once before, they were both exciting and incredible as well as […]

LIVE: The Gospel Youth / Rob Lynch / The Autumn Ravine / Spineless Yes Men @ The Black Heart, Camden

Brighton’s The Gospel Youth exploded onto the pop-rock scene last winter with the release of their single ‘Kids’. Headed by Samuel Little, they’ve been taking the music scene by storm, and are now pushing the boat out with the release of their latest EP, ‘Empires’. And with this release, comes a (day late) EP release […]

LIVE: Eva Plays Dead / Dirt / Derange / Past Ten Days @ Surya, London

Eva Plays Dead, a vibrant rock quartet from Derbyshire, have been raising £2000 via Pledge for the release of their gritty, biting EP ‘Sounds Of the Written Word’. And by the time they take to the stage at Surya, they’ve absolutely smashed their target. But first, Past Ten Days start the night off with their […]

LIVE: Jera On Air Festival 2015

This year was Jera On Air’s twenty-third instalment and despite the very soggy start, things still went off with one hell of a bang. Jera On Air is based in the village of Ysselsteyn, in the south of the Netherlands. The festival is pretty intimate, opening its gates to around six thousand festival-goers over two […]

LIVE: Hindsights / Prawn / Brightr / Kid Brother @ Bowery District, Reading

If you’re familiar with the emo/melodic-hardcore scene, you will know much of a ruckus Hindsights have been causing since the recent release of their full-length in ‘Cold Walls/Cloudy Eyes’.  And if you’re familiar with Hindsights, then you will know they are Berkshire-based, therefore this special hometown show was shaping up to be, well, special. The […]

LIVE: The Movielife / Gnarwolves / Apologies, I Have None @ The Electric Ballroom, London

Reunions are never shocking anymore. Every week another band from “back in the day” announces their return, and while some are more surprising than others, it always felt like The Movielife never really closed the door completely after their original run, and that this was bound to happen eventually. When vocalist Vinnie Caruana informs the […]

LIVE: Twitching Tongues / Disgrace / Revulsion / No Rest @ The Boston Arms, Tufnell Park

Whether people want to admit it or not, hardcore can be a very insular place at times. There is very much a “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality among certain corners of the scene, and when bands think outside the box, they are met with either critical acclaim or a sea of upturned […]

LIVE: Temples Festival @ Motion, Bristol

When festival season arrives, the calendar of events becomes more jam-packed with a wide array of festivals taking place both home and abroad to cater for almost every musical taste. Now in it’s second year, Temples Festival in Bristol played host to what was undoubtedly one of the most impressive, diverse, and monolithic line-ups in […]

LIVE: 5 Seconds of Summer @ Wembley Arena

When I was asked to review 5 Seconds of Summer at Wembley it took a few days (and a lot of persuasion) to convince the editor of Punktastic to let me go. I myself have always been a bit of a sucker for a good pop-rock song, but the band have struggled to make any […]

LIVE: A Loss For Words / Roam / Wind In Sails @ The Underworld, London

When you look back through the annals of punk rock, often the bands that received the least amount of commercial success gained much more adoration for their credibility. One of the more recent bands to face this hurdle was A Loss For Words, who for 15 years have travelled the world over with their honest, […]

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