Outbreak Fest 2022 was a massive triumph for the alternative scene. A weekend of unforgettable music and something that will be hard to beat for it’s next iteration.
2023 is coming fast and have plenty in store.
The first batch of bands have been announced, including two headliners.
Those headliners are Denzel Curry and Death Grips.
And they are joined by an incendiary collection of acts. Converge, Candy, Code Orange, Earl Sweatshirt, Fleshwater, Gel, High Vis, Jesus Piece, Koyo, Lil Ugly Mane, Loathe, Mike, One Step Closer, Scowl, Show Me The Body, Soul Glo, Speed, Spy, Trapped Under Ice, Turnover, Wiki and Zulu.
And this is only the beginning aka the first announcement!
The three day event will be taking place June 23-25 at Depot Mayfield, Manchester.
Bloodstock Open Air has just got even bigger with the announcement of 12 more bands for their 2023 line-up.
Those bands that have been announced are: Heaven Shall Burn, Crowbar, Sacred Reich, Seething Akira, Urne, All Hail The Yeti, Dead Label, Brothers Of Metal, Gutalax, Cobra The Impaler, Uuhai and InVisions.
They join the likes of Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, Anthrax, In Flames, Gatecreeper, Fit Foe An Autopsy, Devildriver, Biohazard and more.
Bloodstock will be taking place between 10-13 August 2023 at Catton Park, Derbyshire.
Slam Dunk Festival has become a staple of the Festival season since its inception in the UK. It’s grown to unprecidented highs over the last date and now it’s expanding beyond the UK.
First up France is set to have its very own date where The Offspring will headline things on June 2nd 2023 at Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon. Billy Talent, Simple Plan, Zebrahead and Oaken will support.
Then just two days later, Slam Dunk Italy is set to take place over two days on June 2nd and 3rd 2023 over at The Beach at Rimini at Bellaria Igea Marina. Rancid and The Offspring will headline their respective days where Anti-Flag, Less Than Jake, Bowling For Soup and Destroy Boys are playing the Friday and Simple Plan, Billy Talent, Enter Shikari and Trash Boat the Friday.
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday 22nd November 2022 at 10AM.
These are all due to take place after Slam Dunk 2023 at Hatfield Park and Temple Newsman in 27th and 28th May 2023.
After a whirlwind summer, it’s time to get excited to see who’ll be playing around the UK in 2023.
This brings us to Slam Dunk Festival which today kicked off a holy hell what the actual fu** responses as they have announced an eye watering 22 bands including run-on shows from The Academy Is as well as Kids In Glass Houses alongside sets from Enter Shikari and The Offspring and loads more.
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Slam Dunk Festival will take play May 2023 on 27th at Hatfield Park and Temple Newsam Park, Leeds on the 28th.
Less than a year has passed since the previous iteration of Slam Dunk Festival and here we are for the third time at the Temple Newsam site since switching from the city centre where just about everything is bigger and better! The stages, the food, the acts, the sound etc. It feels truly amazing to be back without the fear of coughs, covid passes and everything else in-between that would stop us from attending!
Having grown up from my teenage years to university on a steady diet of Pop-Punk, Metalcore and tonnes of more music, it almost feels as if this is a dream today and it feels as if the gap between all the shows in the last few months has passed. Also, this has to be the most diverse lineup I’ve witnessed in a long long time!
Over on their festival debut, the Baltimore based Pinkshift continue to win over some new faces to the band and I’ll say this, their energy levels didn’t drop by one bit at all. They sounded up to that point in the day, the best out of every single band on the day and they continue to win over every person that watched (including myself) especially with their recently released single ‘Nothing (in my head) which has you losing your mind over that soaring guitar.
Kicking off the heavier side of things is the always incredible, Cassyette, an artist who hasn’t gone unnoticed over the last year and has steadily put out a consistent repertoire of banger after banger. Her oozing her anthemic liveability has the early crowd being thoroughly entertained with her glam rock attitude with her added swagger though… she lives up to the hype.. Being a staple as one to watch could lead her to falter a but but with track such as ‘Sad Summer Girl’, it makes her pleasing to watch and hopefully in a few years time, we’ll see this artist head further up the festival bill.
Rising Aussie favourites take to the Temple Newsam stage for the second time in as many days, previously on You Me At Six’s 10 Years Of Sin (Sinners Never Sleep Anniversary Shows) it’s clear that they’re fan favourites in the scene at the moment the way everyone’s bouncing on the stage to show that this is Yours Truly’s world, we’re just living in it and proof that they have only gotten better with time, refining their sound over the pandemic. Sadly though production monsters have struck during their set which do plague the performance on the occasion but that doesn’t make things unenjoyable, it makes us want to watch even more.
Meet Me At The Altar
Today there’s someone we’ve been wanting to watch for a while now but sadly their set is plagued by some technical difficulties, especially on their guitar early into their set. After some momentum from May The Odds Be In Your Favour, the sounds are a little disappointing in the rhythm of their set but around their ending, they do show some motivation at what they really can do to make them a good presence where hen they do make their UK return, these problems won’t bring them down, they’ll bring the carnage to their set.
‘Lets show them how we do it in the north’. says Hannah Mee, leading the charge with Hot Milk as they reach some amazing heights with their Rock Scene stage performance. The band blast through some high octane tracks, the recently released ‘Bad Influence’ as well as their previous title track off EP, ‘I Just Wanna Know What Happens When I’m Dead’with every single piece of energy just dripping from the band, it’s very impressive to say the least. Hot Milk continue to go from strength to strength in the dynamic flow of their back catalogue of tracks and the atmosphere just raises things up ten times of what any band has accomplished so far today.
Another international debut, were the social media sensations, Magnolia Park. ’10 for 10′ became this full circle moment for everyone in the crowd because it was one of those songs that when you hear for the first time which has a poignant meaning and the standout on the day of the festival but made them all the more crushing and pleasing to watch. In all honesty they are ballsy to be covering ‘Sugar We’re Going Down’ (as is anyone who chooses to) and they nail it perfectly because of their modern electro-pop blend which fans have become accustomed to. The more I listen to Magnolia Park, the more interesting they become to me not only because they seem to be the future of what the genre has to offer but because when they inevitably make their Slam Dunk return, a bigger stage will be required.
It’s been a while since the record ‘internet Killed The Rockstar’ dropped and he brought about a new age of Rock to our ears and when the tracks ‘Karma’, ‘Annoying’ and more hit, all you hear is the entire crowd chanting back and screaming the lyrics. What’s more is the amount of time Mod Sun interacts with the crowd, expressing how loved he feels to be there and the entire time, that love is reciprocated. Dedicating the set to his fiancé Avril Lavigne (and even a few rumours of the queen herself being there) the 2021 breakout single ‘Flames’ is one that possibly can be heard across the pond for what is a fantastic set for the first time appearance
Set It Off
It’s been three years since Set IT Off last played in the UK. Postponement after postponement meant that their latest upcoming tour has now been on the back burner for the last few years (thanks to COVID) and this is just the opening salvo of what is to expect when things come about in a few months time. Starting off with ‘Skeleton’ and ‘Projector’ it’s obvious that they’re clear fan favourites already and will continue to stay in their setlist for a good while but that doesn’t mean they won’t bust out their old hits such as ‘Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’ as well as ‘Why Worry’, there’s more than enough charm to go around, especially with the bands colour coded outfits as well as a You’re Next style bunny mask for their touring guitar player.
As December Falls
Making their return to Slam Dunk Festival (with their previous appearance back in 2018) and after an impressive SOLD OUT headlining run of the UK, British Pop-Punk protégées As December Falls continued to impress with their lovely catalogue of tracks, especially their latest release of ‘Go Away’, we just want more and we will on their upcoming Autumn UK Tour later this year. With the entire set of crowd pleasing tunes fizzing with some personality, the sass manages to cook up more to get the crowd really going and hopefully they’re going to be firm favourites sooner rather than later.
Now I Feel for Nova Twins, I really do. They’re at the end of the day just about to go on before main headliners Sum 41 but the more you watch from them, the more you’re just in their trance. With the crowd rather drained, the duo powerhouse get the crowd moving again and again to have them reignited to remind them just who the hell they’re watching. The annihilating Riffs and furious tracks make the most of their message and believe me when I say, nexttime they tour, get your butts to a show.
The final band to take to the stage, the kings of the festival today are sounding the absolute best from left to right all over the place, especially with a massive Red Devil looking ominously out into the crowd.
It feels so weird to be listening to tracks such as ‘The Hell Song’, ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Fat Lip’ but I suppose that’s always the case of people you’ve been listening to for years. They’re always welcome with the favourites in their setlist where you hear the crowd collectively chanting back and a realisation comes to you, this is the community of the entire festival singing back. The setlist is culled from more nostalgia feels of the last 20+ years but they hold up time and time again.
Picking up in between the set, covers of riffs from The White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’ and Queens ‘We Will Rock You’ feel effortless from my standpoint. The band have always been capable of more, and the set provides it time and time again to bring Slam Dunk Festival 2022 to a triumphant end but if I may say, this is a crowd that wants more and they oozed up every last ounce of what was put out there today.
Twisterella – Middlesbrough’s award-winning multi-venue music festival – returns on Saturday 8th October 2022, with hotly tipped emerging artists including Benefits, Swim School, Prima Queen, Panic Shack, Bull, Noisy, and Bandit amongst the first wave of critically acclaimed acts announced.
With all of the venues less than a 5 minute walk from one another, the 1,250 capacity multi-venue metropolitan music festival utilises established stages such as Teesside University Students’ Union, The Townhouse, TSOne and The Westgarth Social Club, along with pop-up sessions in some of the town’s coolest bars in nearby Baker Street and Bedford Street.
Detailing their first lineup announcement, co-promoter Andy Carr revealed: “Twisterella returns this October with an action-packed line up featuring with some of the most exciting new and emerging artists around. We can’t wait for fans to discover and make an early connection with their new favourite act, and all of this right in the heart of Middlesbrough. It’s going to be another brilliant year!”
Kingsley Chapman, frontman in headliners Teesside punks Benefits, added: “We’re very excited to be playing Twisterella this year. After selling out the Middlesbrough date on our last tour it seemed only right to come back and do what we do again. The overwhelming buzz of positivity and unity in the room back in April was thrilling – that we’re getting similar reactions to our performances up and down the country is extraordinary. In short, we can’t wait to be back.”
Since launching in 2014, Twisterella has established itself as one of the go-to events for new music discovery on the UK festival circuit, having brought the likes of Sam Fender, Fickle Friends, Dream Wife, Black Honey, Lauran Hibberd, The Howl & The Hum, Bloxx, Boy Azooga and more to the heart of Middlesbrough.
Consequently, in 2019, Twisterella won a prestigious AIF Independent Festival Award for its ‘forward thinking bookings‘, reflecting the event’s track record in showcasing the finest emerging national and international talent, as well as giving a platform to a select number of local and regional acts who are ready to make the step up to the big stage.
In 2022, Twisterella will follow in this tradition by playing host to the brightest and best breaking bands, with Benefits, Swim School, Noisy, Prima Queen, Panic Shack, Bull, Nukuluk, Bandit, Treeboy & Arc, San Lorenz, Pit Pony, Cara Rose, Jaxn, Lizzie Esau, Zela, Lilo, Last Boy, Komparrison, Viia, Onlooker, Voodoo Radio, Wax Tree Cast, Finn Forster, Taang, Sisi, Motel Carnation, Sarah Johnsone and Cosial all announced today.
A Stone’s Throw Festival has recently revealed the second wave of acts for their inaugural event, taking place on Saturday May 28th 2022 within two buzzing towns along Newcastle’s stunning coastline.
Amongst the names joining Island-signed Sam Tompkins, NME ‘Best New Act in the UK’-voted BERWYN, and Isle of Wight slacker-pop queen Lauran Hibberd on the bill is Newcastle indie sensation Heidi Curtis, synth-pop risers Deco and indie maestros Second Thoughts, alongside a host of the North East’s finest talent.
With 11 venues currently taking part, encompassing an array of independent bars, venues and unique spaces, and trusted local bus service Go North East supplying open top buses and a 7 minute round trip, A Stone’s Throw is gearing up to provide a refreshing, unique and memorable music festival experience.
Detailing their new announcement, co-founder Anthony Thompson explained: “On May 28th, 2022, over 60 of the hottest new music acts will descend on Newcastle’s coastline, creating a trail of MUST-SEE talent spanning Tynemouth to North Shields! All ticket holders will have access to over ten venues and a bespoke double-decker bus service provided by established local bus company Go North East. We’re over the moon to be able to provide such an exciting new music event for North East music fans and we look forward to catching our favourite new artists along Newcastle’s coast this May 28th!”
Performing at this year’s first edition will be Sam Tompkins, BERWYN, Lauran Hibberd, Deco, Heidi Curtis, Second Thoughts, Alex Amor, August Charles, Baltic, Bandit, Benjamin Fitzgerald, Calum Bowie, Candid, Chartreuse, Club Paradise, Dakota Avenue, Danko, DILUTEY JUICE, Ellur, FEVA, Finn Forster, Frankie Beetlestone, Frankie Jobling, George O’Hanlon, Hector Gannet, Hi Sienna, HighSchool, Imogen, Jango Flash, Jarki Monno, Kate Bond, Keiran Bowe, Lizzie Esau,Luke Royalty, LYRAS, Midlight, Moon Wax, Motel Carnation, Overpass, Pave The Jungle, Rudie Edwards, Scrannabis, Spilt Milk, Swannek, Tamzene, Ten Eighty Trees, The Gulps, The Michaels, The Strands, TV Death, Uncanny Valley, Vice Killer, Witness Protection Programme, wych elm, ZELA and more.
After the amazing additions to this years Slam Dunk Festival, the lineup has been split into the stages!
Caskets as well as Between You & Me have been added to the lineup as well!
Alexisonfire Beartooth The Used The Amity Affliction Electric Callboy Cancer Bats Silverstein Counterparts Cassyette
Neck Deep The Story So Far The Wonder Years Motion City Soundtrack Knuckle Puck KennyHoopla Hot Milk Meet Me @ The Altar Beauty School
Sum 41 Dropkick Murphys The Interrupters Pennywise Streetlight Manifesto The Vandals Hot Water Music The Bronx The Suicide Machines
Deaf Havana 3OH!3 Stand Atlantic Mod Sun The Summer Set With Confidence Punk Rock Factory Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Yours Truly Between You & Me
Nova Twins Mom Jeans Spanish Love Songs The Flatliners Hot Mulligan Point North Magnolia Park Lil Lotus As December Falls Pinkshift Bears In Trees MC Lars In Her Own Words SMRTDEATH DeathbyRomy Caskets
Slam Dunk Festival will take place on June 3rd and 4th at Temple Newsam Leeds and Hatfield House respectively.