Surely by now you must have seen Bill Bailey on something. He’s been on everything: Have I Got News For You, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and pretty much every other panel show at least once in the last decade. If you aren’t familiar with him, you might well be a cretin who lives under a bridge. Anyway, Bill has pioneered the form of musical comedy with his blend of stand up and tunes that never get old. Having been doing this for nearly 20 years now, he’s a household name and quite rightly so as he’s one of the most talented comedy acts around today.
Date: May 17th, 2013
Venue: O2 Academy, Bristol
Support: Our Last Night / The Word Alive
The O2 Academy in Bristol welcomes the arrival of Orlando, Florida poster boys Sleeping With Sirens for a sold out gig. Stretching far up Trenchard Street is an armada of scene girls, all wondering what the fuss is about these ‘gigs’ they’ve heard so much about. At 23 years old, I am by far the oldest person in attendance (save for the parents that have come along with their kids). In front of me in the line, two teenagers share a cigarette and take swigs from their freshly mixed Imperial Vodka with Red Bull. It’s going to be one of those gigs.
Sacramento’s Dance Gavin Dance are definitely a band who’ve had their fair share of bad luck and ugly partings with previous members and line-up changes. Now, with their third clean vocalist throughout their career in the form of ex-Tides Of Man frontman Tilian Pearson, the band have a new full-length of the way and set on a full UK tour before putting the final touches to it and putting it out later this year.
Date: May 13th, 2013
Venue: The Old Blue Last, London
Support: The Orchard / Let’s Talk Daggers / Black Shapes
Website: None available
Woking’s Palm Reader are currently in the transition of going from underground favorites into Britain’s rising hardcore heroes. Tonight, they celebrate the release of their debut full-length album, ‘Bad Weather’, ironically on a sunny monday afternoon in North London.
Expanding up to 5 stages for its second year, Takedown Festival once again engulfs Southampton University Student Union with a who’s who of British alternative rock music, along with a few staple performers from overseas. Over 40 of the country’s best established and up-and-coming bands are looking to make it even bigger and better than last year, climaxing with The Blackout headlining the main stage this year.
Tags: Don Broco, I Divide, Max Raptor, Natives, Rat Attack, Sonic Boom Six, Takedown Festival, The Blackout, TRC, We Are Fiction, We Are The Ocean, we butter the bread with butter
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Date: May 1st, 2013
Venue: The Croft, Bristol
Support: Gnarwolves / The American Scene
The Croft will be shutting down in a couple of weeks time, and one of the biggest shows left is The Story So Far‘s visit to Bristol town. Everyone’s favourite pop-punkers are here campaigning to make standing still a crime in what is a unique opportunity to see the band before they inevitably start playing far bigger venues.
After 18 months in absence, it goes without saying that the UK are more than hungry for Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon to tour again, especially following a full month after the release of their critically acclaimed new record, ‘Sempiternal’. Now, back on the road, hitting intimate venues when compared to what they can easily sell out now, and with a whole album’s worth of new material, we went to get involved at tour stop number one: Manchester.
Date: April 21st, 2013
Venue: Rock City / The Rescue Rooms / Stealth / The Forum, Nottingham
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Growing and expanding to be able to now accomodate two dates in two separate cities, Hit The Deck Festival has certainley come a long ways since its humble beginnings a few short years back in 2011. Taking place across new second home Bristol and original location Nottingham, we decided to take part yet again this year and headed to Nottingham to catch what will yet again be a great day for rock and alternative music.
Tags: Army Of Freshmen, Attack Attack! (US), Attention Thieves, Black Dogs, Bleed From Within, Bossk, Devil Sold His Soul, Dingus Khan, Don Broco, Empress, Evarose, Fearless Vampire Killers, Feed The Rhino, First Blood, Fort Hope, Hit The Deck Festival, Hundredth, Landscapes, Mallory Knox, Max Raptor, NeverShoutNever, Pure Love, Rolo Tomassi, Silent Screams, Sinners Highway, Skies In Motion, Sonic Boom Six, Stick To Your Guns, Summerlin, We Are The In Crowd, We Are The Ocean, Whirr
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Date: April 18th, 2013
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: Lacey / Erik Chandler
Spring is finally here, and with it comes the sun. Brighter days call for brighter music, and what music is brighter than that of the colourful genre of pop-punk? Now, there are some big names in pop-punk, not to mention a fuck tonne of smaller acts too, but without a shadow of a doubt, Patent Pending are one of the greatest underdog bands of the genre. Over the last 12 years, they’ve been hard at work, making a name for themselves and now they’re finally here, in the UK, for their own headline tour.
Date: April 11th, 2013
Venue: The Fleece, Bristol
Support: Buried In Verona / Attila / Obey The Brave / Chelsea Grin
Website: None available
If you were walking past The Fleece on Thursday night, you may have wondered if you were about to be robbed, for there was a sea of rowdy looking youths were gathered outside awaiting the appearance of US bad boys, Emmure. Flatpeaks were atop every head and if you didn’t have a facial piercing, then you looked out of place.
After releasing their debut album ‘Anthems’ earlier this year, the latest UK tour for Pure Love could be their craziest and most successful yet. The fact that the band only formed in early 2011 doesn’t affect their ability to thrive in their early triumphs, with their latest album featuring singles ‘Bury My Bones’ and ‘Handsome Devils Club’.
Imagine Dragons have recently exploded on to the music scene, with sounds to appeal all music lovers. They’ve been featured in a number of TV shows and hit ‘It’s Time’ appeared in The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie. There are high expectations for tonight’s gig amongst fans of all ages. The Las Vegas indie rockers have managed to sell out a venue, upgrade to a bigger one and sell that one out. The O2 ABC is completely packed.