LIVE: Citizen, Diamond Youth, Headroom @ The Borderline

Citizen have seen their fanbase soar over the past year or so and it’s generally agreed that it’s down to the incredible set of songs found on their debut album ‘Youth’, released last year on the consistently brilliant Run For Cover records. It’s taken them to a lot of new places touring-wise, but crossing the […]

LIVE : Black Shapes, Grayscale, OHHMS, Grin & Bear It @ Our Black Heart, Camden

Grin and Bear It opened proceedings, playing hardcore-tinged punk rock to an enthusiastic smattering of people at the Black Heart. A week earlier I witnessed The Bronx tear up Hackney and I was hoping for something as sharp and head-splitting. Grin and Bear It complied, with some excellent drumming complementing the solid guitar work. Definitely […]

LIVE : Made Violent @ The Old Blue Last

American trio Made Violent played their first ever UK show in the Old Blue Last in London on 15th of July. It was definitely more than what you would expect seeing on Tuesday night from a rising rock band. ‘Always starting off with Inside Out’ as a front man put it, has definitely made a […]

LIVE: 2000 Trees Festival – Saturday

Photo courtesy of Dom Meason / 2000 Trees, from the official 2000 Trees gallery. Haven’t caught up with what we got up to on Thursday and Friday? Saturday   “…flooooooooooooor.” Why am I on the floor? After being reliably informed that I used the half-full campsite bin-bag as a pillow when returning from the silent […]

Twin Atlantic – Penguin Plugged In, The Hospital Club

Life as a Punktastic writer isn’t always a side stage view at the latest 5 Seconds Of Summer basement gig, free drinks with Dave Grohl, or finding a pre-release copy of the new Brand New album in your inbox. Sure it’s often exactly that, but occasionally us writers just get plain lucky. Penguin clothes, made […]

LIVE: 2000 Trees Festival – Thursday/Friday

Photo courtesy of Dom Meason / 2000 Trees, from the official 2000 Trees gallery. 2000 Trees is a quintessentially British festival. There’s really no denying it. As I stand underneath the ironically singular tree on site and survey my surroundings, a few things jump out at me that cement the idea. There’s food, but not […]

LIVE: Download Festival 2014 – Sunday

Missed what we got up to on the Friday and Saturday? Our Sunday morning at Download started in a rather over-filled hotel room (we may have chickened out of camping at Download this year, sorry punks). It proceeded into digging up the remnants of energy from our souls and getting ourselves to the festival in […]

LIVE: Download Festival 2014 – Saturday

After Friday turned into a blur, we were looking forward to the biggest night of every Download Festival – Saturday. With the added “bonus” of England’s opening World Cup game after the headliners, we knew it was going to be a long old day. After missing the somewhat flat and weird PR stunt that was […]

LIVE: Download Festival 2014 – Friday

Donington has been the site of many legendary performances over the years, and this year’s Download lineup – despite raising a few eyebrows with some of the additions – had plenty to offer in terms of new music and some of our personal favourites. We were getting rather excited on the way up, blasting out […]

LIVE: The Menzingers, Lemuria, Cayetana, Pup @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago

To say that Chicago was excited for this show would be a colossal understatement. Selling out well in advance was not the least bit surprising; Chicago has always embraced the Menzingers. One of my favorite things about seeing this band is that it reminds me of when I was 15 and first started going to […]

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