UK gigs this week…

With next weekend a bank holiday for some (although not me I hasten to add) anyone moaning about the terrible British weather should occupy themselves by getting along to a gig!

There’s plenty going on in the next seven days, so here is just a taster.

Anyone living in the Bristol area should get their ass down to Ashton Court on May 5 for the Essential Festival. Amongst the myriad of bands playing are the likes of Hundred Reasons, Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front, Capdown, Scuttle, Guttermouth, Randy, Cave In, Kids Near Water, Rocket From The Crypt and The (International) Noise Conspiracy, to name just a few. Tickets are £35.

If this doesn’t float your boat then maybe The Dillinger Escape Plan will. They play the Mean Fiddler in London on May 3, tickets are a tenner.

King Prawn, Vanilla Pod and Whitmore head out on tour this week, kicking off a massive string of dates at London Mean Fiddler on May 1, Southend Chinnery’s on May 2, Leicester Charlotte on May 3, Colchester Arts Centre on May 4 and Manchester Uni on May 5.

New Found Glory kick off their third UK tour in less than a year on Wednesday when they play at Bristol Academy. They follow this with gigs at London Forum on May 2, Sheffield Octagon on May 3, Liverpool Royal Court on May 4 and Glasgow Barrowlands on May 5. The Starting Line and Finch are along for the ride.

Also on Friday May 3, Hundred Reasons will rock the Leadmill at Sheffield, with 14 and overs welcome here. Oxford Brookes Uni will get the post-hardcore heroes on May 4.

Manchester University will host Guttermouth on May 4, with The Line and Horace Pinker in support.

Swdish cult faves The Hives will be rocking Liverpool University on May 2, Birmingham Acadmey on May 3 and Brixton Acadmey on May 4. The BellRays support.

So there you go, a taster of what to expect in the next week. Go out and see some bands. Either that or watch James Bond re-runs on TV again…

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Paul, otherwise known as Sav, is quite possibly the only member of the Punktastic team to actually have a proper job. But don't hold that against him. He's actually a proper journalist, (a reporter for a daily northern paper) and so adds a bit of credence to the team. Except you wouldn't think that by reading his reviews. Maybe somebody should tell him that it is quality and not quantity that counts! Sav actually ended up working for Punktastic after meeting Nick at university, and the pair bonded over all things punk rock. Another guitarist, he also "writes a lot of songs about relationships, and how mine went wrong." Oh, and he loves the Ataris, if you hadn't already noticed. In his spare time he worships at the church of Kris Roe... Other fave bands include: MxPx, New Found Glory, Blink 182, Weezer, Midtown, Reel Big Fish, The Get Up Kids, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Green Day, Deftones, Lit and Silverchair to name but a few. Hobbies include, sleeping, drinking, eating fish and supporting Grimsby Town FC. But hey, somebody has to.