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.
Loathe have revealed a second collaboration version of their track ‘Is It Really You?‘, with enigmatic alt-rockers Sleep Token. This stripped down version with piano accompaniment and moving vocals from Sleep Token‘s Vessel, emphasizes the nostalgic nature of the song-writing. Taken from their 2020 record I Let It In And It Took Everything, ‘Is It Really You?‘ has been identified as one of the pivotal moments in Loathe‘s sonic evolution.
Loathe stated, “We’ve all been big fans of Sleep Token for a while now so when the track landed in our inbox it blew us away. Alongside the Teenage Wrist rendition, having the opportunity to hear our song through the artists own lens but also to release these alternate versions to the public to ingest and enjoy is a humbling experience.”.
Loathe have revealed a new collaboration version of their track ‘Is It Really You?‘, with LA based alt-rock band Teenage Wrist. Taken from their 2020 record I Let It In And It Took Everything, ‘Is It Really You?‘ has been identified as one of the pivotal moments in Loathe‘s sonic evolution, in-part due to its shoegaze laced atmosphere. This new version is a lustrous interpretation, embracing the track’s almost dream-pop aesthetic. Check it out and download it for airplay now:
Marshall Gallagher from Teenage Wrist stated, “We discovered ‘I Let It In and It Took Everything’ while we were tracking ‘Earth Is A Black Hole’, and it immediately became one of my favourite records of that year. Honestly, I only listened deep to a handful of records while we were making ours and that was one of them. So, it was pretty wild to get to dig through the actual tracks and do our own interpretation of ‘Is It Really You?’ – I was already such a big fan and that song in particular really hit me. It’s extra cool to know that we’re fans of each other’s music and hopefully we get to share a stage soon.”
Loathe stated, “Teenage Wrist are great! We’ve been fans of their music for a while and soon after the release of their latest record we caught wind that they’d be interested in collaborating with us. And so their take on ‘Is It Really You?’ was born. It’s interesting to hear our song through another artists respective lens, especially from artists you appreciate and enjoy too.”
Loathe have announce they have parted ways with Connor Sweeney (Guitar).
Sweeney was one of the founding members of the band and has played on all of their recordings to date.
Loathe have released this short statement on their socials:
“Loathe regretfully announce the departure of Connor Sweeney. We would like to thank Connor for his contributions and commitment to Loathe over the years and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”
Loathe regretfully announce the departure of Connor Sweeney.
We would like to thank Connor for his contributions and commitment to Loathe over the years and wish him the best in his future endeavours.
And Connor has released this much longer statement:
“Hello internet. Today I can’t believe I’m saying this, but with the largest stone in my throat and a leaden heart, I’ve decided to part ways with Loathe. Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me in this band and in music as it means everything to me. Without music i wouldn’t be alive. Seriously. I am not dead musically as I have something I’m working on, that I will be putting what’s left of my heart and soul into after what has been a harrowing ordeal this past year. I thought some things might have changed with time within the band but unfortunately in this case things continued to stay the same. So as to preserve my own well being and mental health I have decided to leave. Thank you to all who have ever been there in any and every way, It really really does mean more than I could ever describe. I WILL be back with new music and hopefully playing shows again once all is ready. A massive thank you to Ryan Richards for being the greatest manager and making my personal dreams a reality. Another massive thank you to Zack McAdam, Lewis Chalmers and Josh Singh for always being such amazing people and crew to work with. Thank you for reading. Connor”
Hello everyone! How are you all enjoying festival season? We’ve got it back in our grasp now within the UK. We’ve had the Download Pilot, Bloodstock as well as Reading & Leeds but now, we have Slam Dunk Festival!
Taking place first at Temple Newsam in Leeds then at Hatfield Park, there’s some fantastic bands set to play the two day event!
With all the changes that have happened due to international restriction, I bet you’re wondering who there is to check out! We’ll here’s Almost Anythings top four picks for the lineup!
The Bottom Line – Rock Scene Stage
Okay, this band have been nothing short of amazing this year. With their sound solidified with their huge new tracks, ‘Long Time Coming’ as well as ‘Reasons’, the band feel they’ve brought something amazing to just what the UK scene needs right now and they’ll be sure to have as much crowdsurfing as possible as they’re one of the first bands to play on the day.
Static Dress – The Key Club Stage
With their visual style quite unlike anything I’ve scene over the last few years, the noise grunge outfit is one I’ve been dying to watch live for a while now. If you haven’t been able to check out their support slots on their recent run with Boston Manor, it’s as if you’ve got quite the pairing there.
We Are The In Crowd – Rock Scene Stage
We may be a little bit biased here but it’s safe to say the UK has missed these Pop-Rock mainstays in the last few years since the announcement of their hiatus (if you don’t count the shows from 2019 where vocalist Tay Jardine brought her solo project SAINTE over for a few shows) but nevertheless, this will be one to watch even if it is just for the nostalgia.
Loathe – Jagermeister Stage
I thought I’d save the best for last on this list. Loathe have been making quite the name for themselves from their 2020 record, ‘I Let It It In And It Took Everything’, to their latest release, ‘In Awe’ but from my perspective, they always seem to be one of the more underrated bands on people’s radar when they’re a crushing and powerful force to be reckoned with. Be sure to catch them because they will be blowing up soon.
Slam Dunk Festival 202 is taking place on September 4th & 5th 2021 at Temple Newsam Leeds and Hatfield Park.
Tickets are still available for the days via the following link.
2021’s Bloodstock is very much go with COVID-19 restrictions being lifted on July 19 – though the festival have had to make a few more last-minute changes to the line-up.
With Dark Tranquillity having to cancel their performance due to “international issues”, Loathe have been announced to take their place on the Ronnie James Dio main stage.
Erik Bickerstaffe says: “We are thrilled to be performing at this year’s Bloodstock Festival for the first time, and to be sharing the main stage on August 13 alongside an incredible and eclectic line-up of heavy artists,”
Elsewhere, after the news that Bury Tomorrow haee parted ways with guitarist / vocalist Jason Cameron, UK Metalcore crew have dropped off the line-up and will be replaced by While She Sleeps.
“Due to the band’s current line-up situation and despite best efforts we are unfortunately unable to play Bloodstock this year, we are truly gutted!” say Bury Tomorrow. “We support the festival and hope everyone enjoys every minute of the weekend!
“We are however over the moon to confirm Bloodstock have invited us back next year so we will see you all at Bloodstock 2022!”
On top of that, Black Spiders have taken the spot of Unleash The Archers, and Lotus Eater will no longer play (having just split up themselves) and have been replaced by Foetal Juice.
After confirming that the 2021 iteration of Download festival will not be taking place this year,the festival have revealed some more of the names who will be playing Donington Park in 2022.
Joining the already announced headliners KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro will be…
Deftones Korn The Pretty Reckless Rise Against Black Label Society Theory Monster Truck Power Wolf Wayward Sons Those Damn Crows The Raven Age Megadeth Steel Panther The Distillers The Darkness Airbourne Daughtry Skillet Lacuna Coil Bush Of Mice & Men Wednesday 13 Ayron Jones Massive Wagons The Last Internationale Control The Storm The Ghost Inside Funeral For A Friend Descendents Boston Manor Sleep Token The Faim grandson Trash Boat Holding Absence Marianas Trench Wargasm Loathe Jamie Lenman The Hara Press Club Salem Cemetery Sun Blackout Problems Dead Posey Static Dress Electric Wizard Sepultura Blues Pills Dying Fetus British Lion Bleed From Within Twin Temple Bokassa Venom Prison Spiritbox Tempt Fire From The Gods A.A. Williams Higher Power Kill The Lights Dead Poet Society Joyous Wolf Modern Error Cellar Door Moon Crew Lotus Eater The Scratch Dead Label Phoxjaw JJ Wilde Anchor Lane Temples On Mars As Everything Unfolds Injester
If you’ve ever been in Camden Town, it’s possible you’ve passed or visited The Black Heart.
It’s a venue that’s been home to many bands over the years but because of the ongoing pandemic, it could be closing for good.
In a bid to help the venue reach a target of £150,000, bands have come together for a very special vinyl boxset.
Put together by The Rock Fix, the ‘Save The Black Heart’ boxset comes with three 7′ records and features these tracks:
Loathe – ‘New Faces In The Dark’ Our Hollow, Our Home – ‘Speak of Sorrow’ Immerse – ‘Red Shade’ Venom Prison – ‘Officer Down’ (Stampin’ Ground Cover) Bad Touch – ‘Come A Little Closer’ Take The Backseat, Casey – ‘Suffer’
Loathe had this to say about the venue:
“The Black Heart was one of the first to open its doors to Loathe during our infancy and grant us with the opportunity to present our show to music lovers from down south. For that the venue holds a very dear place in our hearts. Venues much like The Black Heart are essential to the well being and progression of, not just live music but music as a whole – with each grassroots venue serving as somewhat of a booster or platform to present fresh, new art. Please help to not let these amazing places that house amazing memories and opportunities for thousands of music lovers out there go to waste.”
And Our Hollow, Our Home’s Connor Hallisey had this to say:
“The Black Heart isn’t just a venue, it’s much, much more. As upcoming artists, we’ve seen first-hand how venues like this are imperative to the creative industry, and furthermore not just for musicians, but for venue staff, the promoters, and most importantly the fans. The Black Heart will always have our support, and we hope you’ll be able to help them in any way that you can too.”
The set is a ‘Pay What You Want’ price, with the minimum set at £19.99 so that at least £5 of each sale can go directly to The Black Heart.
London rock duo Nova Twins have been uniting with the Rock and Metal community for a brand new charity compilation record which celebrates alternative POC (People of Colour) talent
The band have teamed up with Big Joanie, Loathe, Oxymorrons and so many more for ‘Voices For The Unheard’, which is a limited-edition 12-track vinyl record brought to us via Dr. Martens Presents which will raise funds for The Black Curriculum. Pre-Orders are available here.
Speaking to NME about the project, Amy explains: “There’s a lack of representation and understanding of POC alternative artists, particularly in the UK. People are happy for black people to be in R&B and hip-hop because they feel like it’s safe and that’s the done thing. These are genres that black people have pioneered, but there’s a lack of education about how rock was also pioneered and helped to move forward by artists like Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The genre was carried by a lot of white men, but a lot of the POC artists got lost along the way.
“People don’t think we belong here. We get loads of stereotypes. People think that we’re R&B or dancers. We just want to create an eye-opening experience for the gatekeepers to understand that this isn’t going anywhere and see what’s really going on out there. In pop music, the headliners at big festivals reflect what’s happening today. That doesn’t happen in rock music. If people want rock music and the live industry to survive then they need to diversify.”
Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting for the release below.
1. Nova Twins – Taxi 2. The OBGMs – All My Friends 3. Connie Constance – Monty Python 4. Unity TX – Cross Me 5. LustSickPuppy – Goatmeal 6. Death Tour – Scared 7. Loathe – Aggressive Evolution 8. Oxymorrons – Green Vision 9. Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons – Ain’t No Pussy 10. Khx05 – Trouble 11. Zhariah – Bitch Boy 12. Big Joanie – Fall Asleep (Live at Hermitage Works Studios)