Outbreak Festival Announces 2023 Dates

OUTBREAK FEST, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary this weekend with headliners Turnstile,Knocked Loose, Deafheaven + Touché Amoré have announced dates for 2023.

The fest will take place on 23rd, 24th and 25th June 2023 at the new home of Depot Mayfield, Manchester. 

A limited number of tickets are now on sale at this years price of £95 for a weekend ticket.

tickets are available via the following link.

This years event saw it sell out almost immediately and had the most incredible sets, live podcasts, an Art & photography exhibition, Record stalls, vegan food vendors, skateboarding and so much more!

Check the video for a little piece of the weekend:

Live Review – Slam Dunk Festival North 2022

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!

Pinkshift

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.

Cassyette

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.

Yours Truly

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.

Hot Milk

‘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.

Magnolia Park

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.

Mod Sun

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.

Nova Twins

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.

Sum 41

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.

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Being As An Ocean Announce UK Touring Dates For ‘Dear G-D…’ Ten Year Anniversary Tour

Being As An Ocean have revealed that they are bringing their ‘Dear G-d’ ten-year anniversary celebrations to the UK and Europe later this year. 

And they will be bringing along some special guests. 

Acres & Hail The Sun will be the support on the UK touring dates.

Check out the touring dates below.

DECEMBER 2022
06 – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
07 – GLASGOW Cathouse
08 – BIRMINGHAM Mama Roux
09 – LEEDS Key Club
10 – LONDON Underwolrd
11 – MANCHESTER Club Academy

Bad Omens Announce UK Tour For 2023

Bad Omens have announced that they are going to be heading over to the UK and for some huge dates!

It follows on from the release of their latest album ‘THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND’, which dropped back in February via Sumerian. 

Check out the touring dates below.

FEBRUARY 2023
23 – SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
24 – BRISTOL Exchange
25 – LEEDS Key Club
27 – GLASGOW Cathouse
28 – MANCHESTER Rebellion

MARCH 2023

01 – BIRMINGHAM Asylum
02 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
03 – LONDON Dome

Roam Announce They’re Breaking Up, Final Tour Coming In September

Okay so two things,

  1. Roam ARE BREAKING UP!
  2. They’ve announced their final headlining tour for September 2022.

The Pop-Punk quintet have announced they’re calling it a day after a decade together releasing three EP’s as well as three records.

The band have released the following statement:

“We want to keep this short because these things can easily get emotional, and we have nothing but love for the last 10 years.

We started ROAM at 18, and never imagined it would take us to the places it took us, or we’d meet the people we met. Thank you for being by our side through all our successes and multiple failures.

We’re now in a place where creatively & in life, we’re ready to move on to something new. For some of us, that might be new musical projects, for others, it’s just having the time to be home & grow outside of music.

Finals shows are booked and will be announced shortly. We wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thank you for giving us an unbelievable early 20s.

Alex, Alex, Matt, Sam & Miles

ROAM 2012 – Forever”

At least we’ve still got the tour to look forward to.

Speaking of which, here’s the final touring dates.

SEPTEMBER 2022

03 – COLOGNE Luxor
04 – EINDHOVEN Dynamo
05 – ANTWERP Kavka VZW
07 – BIRMINGHAM Mama Roux’s
08 – MANCHESTER Rebellion
10 – LONDON The Dome

Vukovi Announce Headlining UK Tour

Scottish 2 piece VUKOVI have todayannounced their biggest headline tour for UK and Europe for this October. The band also recently announced details on their new album NULA, which is out the 7th October via LAB Records.

Speaking about the tour Janine said ‘Equally excited, proud and apprehensive having our biggest headline tour to date go on sale during such economically hard times but we believe in our music, our message and our fans. It is going to be an unforgettable experience’

Pre-orders for the upcoming record, ‘NULA’ can be Mae via the following link.

Check out the touring dates below.

12th – LEEDS/STYLUS
13th – MANCHESTER/ ACADEMY 3
14th – LONDON/GARAGE
16th -BRIGHTON/CHALK
17th – BRISTOL/FLEECE
19th -BIRMINGHAM / 02 INSTITUTE 2
29th -NEWCASTLE / STUDENTS UNION

30th – SWG3, GLASGOW

Twisterella Festival Announces Line-Up For 2022

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. 

Creature Release New single, ‘Lines’

Following its premiere on REVOLVER, Birmingham based alternative act CREATURE share their latest single/video, ‘LINES’. The track is taken from the forthcoming ‘HAUNT’ EP, the final chapter in the band’s trilogy of EPs, which is set for release on the 10th of June 2022 via Grey Ghost Records.

CREATURE’s latest pummeling math-core assault sees the band speaking out on the human cost of war, foreign conflict and the 3D chess game of global politics. 

Speaking on their latest single, vocalist/guitarist James Thompson comments: “‘Lines’ depicts the reality of a global system that is set up like a chess game for the powerful. It was inspired by the UK’s involvement in Syria in the West’s proxy war with Russia – which seems even more poignant with what’s going on in the Ukraine war. 

“In Syria, warfare led to significant human cost and a new generation of refugees. Who benefits? Institutions who have vested interests – be it governments, oil conglomerates or mining companies. It is the people of Syria who lose, treated like ‘lice’ as I reference in the song. When finance and resources are seen as king, the human suffering will only continue.”

SeeYouSpaceCowboy Announce UK Tour

Following the release of their critically acclaimed album “The Romance Of Affliction,”SeeYouSpaceCowboy prepare to embark on their first UK/EU headline tour set for June 2022. Support now comes from Graphic Nature and Cauldron. 

The band will also appear at this year’s Outbreak Festival (UK)

Speaking on the upcoming tour, vocalist Connie Sgarbossa comments: “We had so much fun this past fall on our US tour in support of The Romance Of Affliction, and we are so excited to do our first proper headline tour over in the UK and Europe.”  

Guitarist Ethan Sgarbossa adds “We’re super excited to get back overseas for the first time in a couple of years. Static Dress and Cauldron are two of our current favourite bands and we can’t wait to share the road with them.”

Check out the touring dates below.

18.06.22 UK Birmingham, The Flapper 
19.06.22 UK Leeds, Key Club 
20.06.22 UK London, New Cross Inn 
21.06.22 UK Bristol, Exchange
22.06.22 UK Glasgow, Classic Grand 

23.06.22 UK Manchester, Outbreak Festival

Band Of The Day Interview – Elephant Takedown

  1. If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
    We are Elephant Takedown, a four-piece punk and hard rock band from Cambridge, UK. Ben is lead vox, Phil is lead guitar, Simon is lead drums, and I (Alex) play bass.
  2. How did you all meet?
    Phil and I met through my wife. They were working together at the same company, and I joined them out for a meal one day. Phil and I were both interested in doing some jam sessions, so we booked a studio to do some practice in the new year, but rapidly found it lacking without a drummer. That’s when I put up an advert, and Simon answered the call. From Jan-2019 to Dec-2019 it might as well have just been the three of us, though other very talented
    musicians came and went. We weren’t expecting to find a new vocalist before Christmas after the previous one left, but Ben reared his head at the last second. He came along to a session, we jelled really well, and we just kinda went from there.
  3. How long have you been playing?
    As a band, call it 3 and a half years, as individuals, decades.
  4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
    Bouncy Outrospective Nonsense
  5. What are your musical influences?
    Again, this varies wildly between us but core influences for the band as a whole are people like Shinedown, Rage Against The Machine, and Foo Fighters.
  6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
    We were in the crowd at one of the gigs we played after our set and were treated to watching a bump-and-grind show between another band’s guitarist and his wife. It was a pretty empty room because it was one of our first gigs, and there were right in front of the headliners so…
  7. Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?
    Our first show (and first show out of lockdown) was headlining Brewboard’s Summer Party, which was essentially a very small beer festival. It was a good time.
  8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
    I’d tell you but I’d never admit to owning it.
  9. What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
    Recently I’ve been listening to Loathe – New Faces In The Dark. They’re a technically brilliant band, but probably an acquired taste. Honestly, I love them though. As a band though Kid Kapichi and Four Year Strong have both been the talk of the town too.
  10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
    Yes; at least one. We’ll be back in the studio in June recording our debut album. Keep an eye out for it; there’s loads of stuff we have planned.

Check out the bands 2021 EP, ‘Forked Tongue & False Hopes’ below.