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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, […]

LIVE: Rolo Tomassi / Employed To Serve @ The Waiting Room, London

2015 marks Rolo Tomassi’s 10th (yes, tenth!) year of existence and to celebrate their decade of destruction, the release week of fourth album “Grievances” has been marked by four tiny shows across London, encompassing venues in Camden, Peckham, Dalston and tonight’s destination, Stoke Newington. As soon as we enter The Waiting Room, located below the […]

LIVE: RX Bandits/Circa Survive/From Indian Lakes @ The Electric Ballroom

When we arrive just as From Indian Lakes are beginning their set, we fear the worst as the ample space the Electric Ballroom provides is sparsely populated. Tonight’s co-headliners comprise of a band who have been relegated to side-project status latterly in favour of their vocalist’s reunion with his former band, and a band whose […]

LIVE: Brand New / Dinosaur Pile Up @ Brooklyn Bowl, London

Tucked away in the cavernous 02 is the Brooklyn Bowl which tonight, houses around 1000 fans of a band who are more accustomed to playing venues nearly four times the size in the nation’s capital. It’s an impressive space, predominantly open plan with a vibe that tells you something big is about to happen. This […]

LIVE: Camden Rocks 2015

As the lunch time sun poked it’s head out of the clouds over Camden, those first through the proverbial gates had the opportunity to catch High Hopes play a blistering set of new age hardcore, complete with swagger, style and of course, those customary Nike trainers. And what a way to shift the hangover from […]

LIVE: Slam Dunk 2015

It’s hard to believe that Slam Dunk Festival is ten years old now, but what an incredible ten years it’s been. To celebrate their longevity, Slam Dunk returned this year with one of their biggest line-ups yet. Punktastic headed to the southern date at Hatfield University to raise a glass or two to the Festival […]

LIVE: Cartel / Cardinals @ Islington Academy

Cartel are a band that despite having a strong fanbase that has lasted throughout the years, have never really hit their peak over in the UK. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut full-length ‘Chroma’ they returned to London for one date only, to say farewell and thank you. The opening act was originally […]

LIVE: Bayside @ The Joiners Arms, Southampton

‘I think this is the most we’ve ever spoken on stage,’ says Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri to a rapt crowd. ‘You’re all so attentive’. And he’s right – we’ve been coming to gigs at Southampton’s legendary Joiners Arms since some of you were in nappies, and this is the first time since camera phones became […]

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