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LIVE: Heck @ The Parish, Huddersfield (04/09/2016)

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Date: September 4th 2016
Venue: The Parish, Huddersfield
Support: Black Peaks / Bad Sign / The Temple
Website: www.abandcalledheck.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/abandcalledheck
Twitter: www.twitter.com/abandcalledheck

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The Parish in Huddersfield used to be one of the UK’s best kept secrets, but in the last couple of years it’s become more of a household name and played host to some high profile acts such as The Bronx, Cancer Bats, While She Sleeps, Norma Jean, and many more. It’s no surprise at all that the legendary northern party house was selected as the place to start this mammoth tour, and the punters are out in droves despite it being a Sunday AND the last night of the summer holidays for many.

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LIVE: Thrice @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (25/08/2016)

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Date: August 25th 2016
Venue: O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
Support: Greywind / Milk Teeth
Website: www.thrice.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialthrice
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thrice

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Aside from a storming return to our soil last year at Hevy Fest, it’s been four long years since Thrice [9] took to a UK stage for a headline show. This Reading & Leeds warm-up was originally set to take place at Camden’s Electric Ballroom, but demand outstripped the Ballroom’s confines and the gig got upgraded to the O2 Forum Kentish Town. Funny, because that’s the very last stage they graced here almost half a decade ago.

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LIVE: Good Charlotte @ O2 Ritz, Manchester (25/08/2016)

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Pop-punk heroes Good Charlotte are set to return from their five year hiatus, with a new album in works and a clip of brand new single, 'Makeshift Love', appearing online.

Date: August 25th 2016
Venue: O2 Ritz, Manchester
Support: ROAM / Waterparks
Website: www.goodcharlotte.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/goodcharlotte
Twitter: www.twitter.com/goodcharlotte

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It’s a muggy night in the centre of Manchester as the O2 Ritz begins to fill up, each body through the doors incrementally raises the temperature, and before the mics have been checked, the venue is already sweatbox.

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LIVE: Coheed & Cambria @ O2 Ritz, Manchester (23/08/2016)

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Date: August 23rd 2016
Venue: O2 Ritz, Manchester
Support: mewithoutYou / La Dispute
Website: www.coheedandcambria.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/coheedandcambria
Twitter: www.twitter.com/coheed

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The great thing about New York progressive post-hardcore titans Coheed & Cambria is that they always pull in a really eclectic selection of people. Emo kids, hardcore kids, old dudes in Rush tees, full blown goths. There are parents, grandparents, children under 10, and everything in-between. The one thing everyone has in common, however, is that they are fucking SWEATING. The O2 Ritz is overwhelmingly hot tonight, but that doesn’t stop the crowds pouring in for a night of big hair and bigger riffs.

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LIVE: Stone Free Festival @ The O2, London (18/06/2016)

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Date: June 18th 2016
Venue: The O2, London
Website: www.stonefreefestival.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stonefreefestival
Twitter: www.twitter.com/stonefreefest

Brand new for 2016, Stone Free Festival raised some eyebrows when announcing Alice Cooper and Rick Wakeman to headline the 20,000 capacity The O2 Arena but the promise of a full day festival extravaganza encompassing the whole site was an exciting prospect. Though the term “extravaganza” may have been pushing the boat out quite a bit, with the stages (some non-music) and rare vinyl sales holding a disconnect, thankfully the line-up was full of gems to keep the day exciting, despite some inconveniences along the way.

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LIVE: Download Festival @ Donington Park (Saturday – 11/06/2016)

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Date: June 11th, 2016
Venue: Donington Park, Donington
Website: www.downloadfestival.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/downloadfest
Twitter: www.twitter.com/downloadfest

It would come as no surprise if the 2016 run of Download Festival would be known forever going forward as the year of Drownload. Easily the wettest Download Festival to have happened, with storms and torrential downpours happening throughout almost the whole weekend, it’d be impossible to be mud free, even if you were only catching one band. Thankfully, we had wellies and warm waterproof clothing well equipped. Download, let’s be ‘aving ya!

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LIVE: Download Festival @ Donington Park (Friday – 10/06/2016)

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Date: June 10th, 2016
Venue: Donington Park, Donington
Website: www.downloadfestival.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/downloadfest
Twitter: www.twitter.com/downloadfest

It would come as no surprise if the 2016 run of Download Festival would be known forever going forward as the year of Drownload. Easily the wettest Download Festival to have happened, with storms and torrential downpours happening throughout almost the whole weekend, it’d be impossible to be mud free, even if you were only catching one band. Thankfully, we had wellies and warm waterproof clothing well equipped. Download, let’s be ‘aving ya!

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LIVE: Slam Dunk Festival @ NEC, Birmingham (29/05/2016)

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Date: May 29th, 2015
Venue: NEC, Birmingham
Website: www.slamdunkmusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/slamdunkltd
Twitter: www.twitter.com/slamdunkmusic

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It’s happened, Slam Dunk Festival has officially turned 10 years old. Back when it started out in 2006, it was composed of seven bands on one stage, headlined by Fall Out Boy. Yet, here we are today, with a festival that is hosted at three separate locations across the UK, including a new home in Birmingham – the biggest site of them all – with eight stages hosting at least seven bands each. It’s truly exploded into one of the biggest alternative festivals the country has to offer, and with Panic! At The Disco picked to headline their biggest milestone yet, it seems this is still early days in the grand scheme of it all.

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LIVE: Hands Like Houses @ Academy 3, Manchester (25/05/2016)

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Date: May 25th 2016
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: I The Mighty / Dead! / The Gospel Youth
Website: www.bhandslikehouses.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/handslikehouses
Twitter: www.twitter.com/handslikehouses

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A typically rainy Manchester evening welcomes back Australian rock outfit Hands Like Houses on the first show of their headline UK tour in support of their new full-length release, ‘Dissonants’. The show itself was moved from Sound Control to Academy 3, but nobody seems discouraged with the room quickly filling up with eager fans having already waited on the delayed launch of this new record.

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LIVE: Beans On Toast @ MK11, Milton Keynes (11/05/2016)

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Date: May 11th 2016
Venue: MK11, Milton Keynes
Support: Bobby Nomad / Hope In High Water
Website: www.beansontoastmusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beansontoastmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/beanstoast

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Ever since he flew into the UK folk scene in 2005, Jay McAllister (or, Beans On Toast to you and me) has won the hearts of thousands with his eccentric and quirky portrayal of his poetic and witty tales. After recent tours with good friend Frank Turner and Flogging Molly, Beans is embarking on the ‘Small Town Celebrations’ tour where he’s boycotting large cities and enjoying the individuality of less well known towns in the country, collecting historic stories along the way to inspire his annual December record.

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