With a third full-length album under their belts ‘Restoring Force’ and arguably their greatest offering to date, California’s Of Mice & Men have settled themselves securely with the safety of being one of the genre’s most prominent exports. A full sold out headline tour of the UK, if nothing else, affirms the huge success of their new record, and have brought over two support acts who are well on their way to follow suit.
Date: April 17th, 2014
Venue: Camden Underworld, London
Support: Malevolence / The Greenery / Xibalba
The Underworld claims to be the UK’s number 1 venue for rock, metal and alternative shows, and it’s hard to make a real case against it. A lowered crowd area and absence of barrier gives the perfect enclosed feeling which has attracted so many heavyweight bands for intimate shows on the Camden High Street. But the venue was created for nights like this; gritty, packed, sold out shows where everyone leaves smelling of sweat, blood and Newcastle Brown Ale – and who better to headline than Canadian kings of hardcore, Comeback Kid?
Date: April 17th, 2014
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: Paradise Fears / William Beckett
A surprisingly long line has formed outside the University of Manchester Students Union, eagerly waiting to catch US pop-punkers, The Summer Set. With tonight’s gig being sold out and an upcoming appearance at Hit The Deck Festival, it’s a busy time for the band and the fans are keen to see what they have to offer. Admittedly, tonight I look like a teacher on a school trip being over a foot taller and 10 years older than the majority of the crowd, but at least there’s no queue at the bar.
Date: April 2nd, 2014
Venue: Trinity Centre, Bristol
Support: Lonely The Brave
In 2014, it’s difficult to remain relevant as a band of the early 90s. Metallica have taken a route towards odd dad rock, Manic Street Preachers are still clubbing along somewhere, and Northern Ireland’s Therapy? are combating obscurity by touring their 1994 hit album, ‘Troublegum’. The Trinity Centre is a grand setting that isn’t used often for rock concerts, so it’s even more impressive that the gig tonight is sold out.
Hitting up the Manchester O2 Apollo with two dates on their tour to promote their latest chart topping album, ‘Cavalier Youth’, You Me At Six are still young in their years, despite their undeniable success and a career of now four albums. With the latest album taking a turn for a much bigger and far more grand sound, we headed down to see how this translates into a live setting.
Returning for its second day at Liverpool this year, Radstock, an event that was originally set to feature thirty bands across three stages but has been reduced to an all-dayer of several bands on one stage, this time will see a headline spot from Yashin, who also played at the festival last year. With a line-up of bands much lighter than who performed at the city’s O2 Academy yesterday, a generally younger audience show their faces for the six bands at hand.
Coming back for a second year after a successful debut last March, Radstock was originally set to span another 30 acts across three stages again this year, only this time taking it over to a second home in Newcastle, as well as Liverpool. Though the two locations have remained, sadly due to several bands being forced to pull out, Radstock is instead the form of a weekend of two all-dayers, with a batch of bands on one stage. Though the line-up may not be as weighty as originally planned, that doesn’t mean those bands still onboard will disappoint.
Back again for what will now be its third consecutive year, Takedown Festival takes holds of the Southampton University Student Union and crams it with a plethora of British bands and artists from far and wide, along with a few staple performers from overseas. Spread across five stages on the university campus, including stage headlining sets from the likes of Funeral For A Friend and Rise To Remain, we get stuck in with the festivities at hand.
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Day two in Manchester of the All Time Low UK tour is set to commence. Now five albums and over a decade into their career, the Baltimore outfit are still a relatively young band who’ve managed to avoid multiple line-up changes and, ultimately, have seemed stable from start-to-finish. Back on our shores to give latest record ‘Don’t Panic!’ one final push before album number six becomes the focus, it’s time to see if their live show still fares up.
Soilwork are by far one of the most enjoyable bands in Swedish melodeath scene, regularly pushing out great albums despite not particularly changing their style. One thing that does change with Soilwork, however, is the line-up, with only lead singer Bjorn Strid surviving from the original 1995 forming members. 2014 sees the band without guitarist and key figure Peter Wichers and, as of Monday night, drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who is absent under mysterious circumstances.