Let’s Talk About… Slam Dunk 2018

Getting up close and personal with the stage divides for Slam Dunk Festival 2018.

Slam Dunk 2018 Preview

We’re nearing the end of May which can only mean one thing: another bank holiday packed full of awesome music across three venues to mark the official start of festival season. Slam Dunk Festival brings together the worlds of rock, punk and ska into one day of non-stop music in Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield; hand in hand with plenty of stage clashes. Once again we have been blessed with some top announcements and in preparation for the big event, I take a closer look at the stage splits and give you some of my highlights to look out for during the weekend.

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Popes of Chillitown – Work Hard, Play Hard, See You in the Graveyard.

London ska-punk sextet are back and more formidable than ever.

Following the ska brilliance that was Popes of Chillitown’s sophomore record ‘To The Moon’, released back in 2015, the London based genre concoction is back with vengeance with their third full-length album ‘Work Hard, Play Hard, See You in the Graveyard’.

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Sumo Cyco Release New Single ‘Undefeated’

Canadian punk- metallers Sumo Cyco release new single ‘Undefeated’

In-your-face Canadian metallers Sumo Cyco release their latest track ‘Undefeated‘, complete with a fiery video to match. The female-fronted quartet set to release an as-yet-untitled EP as a follow up to their sophomore album ‘Opus Mar‘ from last year.

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Dead! – The Golden Age of Not Even Trying

Taking a look at at the debut full-length record from Dead!

Even before I listen to Dead!’s debut full-length album, I feel like I am already so familiar with it. That’s not to say that it’s the same as everything I’ve heard before, but instead, it is because of how easily the London-based four-piece makes you feel at home when sharing their music. These guys, despite being relatively new to the scene, sound like a finely tuned unit already; rare to see on a debut.

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Top 17 Gigs of 2017

A brilliant year for gigs results in quite a end-of-year list featuring some cracking bands and festivals

After a pretty dismal year for concerts in 2016, I hit back with a massive bang and booked gig after gig to get back into the scene. This year was a whirlwind of festivals, press gigs and stadium concerts, witnessing the likes of rock giants Guns n’ Roses, metal titans Iron Maiden and Metallica and some of my favourites of all time including Lower Than Atlantis, Paramore and Don Broco. Alongside existing favourites, I also discovered some amazing new talent through the months and got to witness some great events of the year. It’s time to go through some of the top nights that will stick with me for a long time.

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Top 17 Music Releases of 2017

I look back over the past year and celebrate the greatest albums and EP’s released.

It’s the end of the year and lists of favourite albums, tracks, films and books are flying in from left, right and centre. It seemed only fit that I cast a view over the vast albums, EP’s and records that I have reviewed and repeatedly listened to throughout the last 12 months. This list showcases my favourite releases from 2017 from the worlds of rock, alternative and pop-punk. This list was not at all easy, and the positions may change depending on what mood I’m in, but without further ado, here it is…

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12 Days of Christmas

A daily list looking back at some of the top tracks from 2017

A daily countdown that will show off some of my favourite tracks that were released in the last twelve months. With the help of my Top Songs of 2017 Spotify playlist, I have somehow narrowed down some bloody brilliant tracks to just 12 of the very best. In a true fair style, I have selected only one from each band because, let’s be honest, the whole list would just be made up of Paramore, Don Broco and Lower Than Atlantis tracks if I had my own way. Check back daily to see what came top.

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