Welcome to your guide to the must-see events in the UK across the next month, bringing you a round up of the gigs that are bound to get tongues wagging this April. If you wish to be featured in a future edition, please contact martin.savage@deadpress.co.uk.

Hit the Deck Festival

Date: 19-20 April
Location: Various venues, Bristol & Nottingham
Genre: Pop punk, emo, post-hardcore, hard rock, metalcore, many more
Price: £27.50

Hit The Deck Festival returns once more after a somewhat underwhelming lineup last year. Fan favourites Brand New sit atop a pile featuring appearances from Norwegian blackened punks Kvelertak, chart-botherers Kids In Glass Houses & The Summer Set, and the ever inimitable Pulled Apart by Horses. Both dates are spread across 6-7 venues during an 11-hour day.

Of Mice & Men

Date: 16-23 April
Tour Support: Issues & Beartooth
Location: Southampton, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Cardiff
Genre: Metalcore
Price: All dates sold out

Of Mice & Men are huge at the moment for some reason, and a sold out UK tour will only further enhance that rise in reputation. Along for the ride are the ever-interesting Issues and Caleb Shomo’s new band Beartooth. Interestingly, the tour includes two ex-Attack Attack! vocalists who have both moved onto greater pastures.


Date: 2-9 April
Tour Support: Lonely the Brave
Location: Bristol, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Norwich, London
Genre: Hard rock
Price: £17.50

Therapy?’s ‘Troublegum’ record is 20 years old, and to celebrate the lads from Northern Ireland are playing the album in its entirety on tour. Supporting the old guard is one of the current generation’s greatest prospects in Lonely the Brave. Brave the pricetag for what will be a high energy evening of mischief and memories. There is also a Bristol date in addition to the dates on the poster on the 2nd April.

Impericon Festival

Date: 27 April
Location: The Ritz, Manchester
Genre: Metalcore, deathcore, hardcore
Price: £32.62

The first UK edition of the hugely popular Impericon Festival is sure to be a day to remember. The UK is represented at the top by Bury Tomorrow with a strong undercard of hardcore legends Terror, German titans Heaven Shall Burn, and a rare appearance from Canadian deathcore destroyers Despised Icon. There are reportedly less than 150 tickets left for this event, so get in there quick if you still want to attend.

The Wildhearts

Date: 8-17 April
Tour Support: Von Hertzen Brothers, Hey! Hello!
Location: Wolverhampton, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cambridge, London
Genre: Hard rock
Price: £22.75

It’s difficult to not love The Wildhearts once you’ve had a taste of what they offer. The Geordies are UK rock’s classic underdog story, never really breaking into the mainstream but still maintaining a cult following. It’s pretty much impossible to not enjoy yourself at a Wildhearts gig thanks to frontman Ginger’s charm and wit coupled with the feel good nature of the tunes. Despite the £20+ price, it’s worth getting along to a date.


Date: 3-10 April
Tour Support: Sylosis, Bleed from Within
Location: Cardiff, London, Wolverhampton, Glasgow, Manchester, Southampton
Genre: Groove metal, metalcore
Price: £18.70

The never-aging Dez Fafara brings Devildriver to UK shores once more for a week-long jaunt promoting recent album ‘Winter Kills’. Sylosis are the main support and are worth the ticket price alone. Scots Bleed from Within are sure to bring their A-game as well after riding a wave of new popularity following latest album ‘Uprising’.


Date: 25-27 April
Location: Electric Ballroom / Underworld / The Black Heart, Camden London
Genre: Stoner metal, doom metal, stoner rock, sludge metal, black metal, heavy metal
Price: £88.40 (weekend), £27-32 (day tickets)

Desertfest will turn Camden into a shadowy wasteland when it crawls through town at the end of April. Leading the way are Spirit Caravan, Kvelertak, and Boris, boasting a diverse underbelly spanning through the stoner/sludge/doom metal genres. Even reading the lineup poster crushes you down into your seat. Be sure to catch a headline performance at the Underworld from Liverpool’s baulkiest Dragged Into Sunlight.

Tech-Fest (Bristol)

Date: 13 April
Location: Exchange / Stag & Hounds, Bristol
Genre: Tech metal, djent
Price: £6

Djent is at its peak of popularity right now, and this is proven by the spreading of Tech-Fest, a festival seemingly dedicated to that cause. A 3-part series is currently underway as a side-quest to the main event in July. Manchester has already enjoyed a Chimp Spanner-headed event and London will experience Deadly Circus Fire in June, but sitting in the middle is an inaugural show in Bristol. Xerath and Nexilva lead a showcase of everything technical including a few local hopes in Valis Ablaze, Day of the Archetype, and Day of a Thousand.

Five Finger Death Punch

Date: 30 March-3 April
Tour Support: Upon a Burning Body
Location: London, Manchester, Glasgow
Genre: Groove metal, metalcore
Price: £23.50

Hollywood’s cringiest metal exploits again bombard the UK with a quick stop-off on the ‘Wrong Side of Heaven World Tour 2014’. Load your backpack up with a loaf of bread and some butter and enjoy the cheese that has jettisoned Five Finger Death Punch onto the front pages of Metal Hammer et al. Well-dressed Texans Upon a Burning Body provide support and will easily usurp the main act in terms of toughness and musical ability.


Date: 2-6 April
Tour Support: Vital Remains, Ageless Oblivion, Ethereal
Location: Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, London
Genre: Black metal, death metal
Price: £16.50

Despite the lack of Gaahl, Gorgoroth are still pounding away in 2014. The Norwegian black metal overlords are guarnteed to be a live spectacle, but don’t expect anything like that show all those years ago in Krakow. U.S. death metallers Vital Remains provide tour support.


Written by MG Savage (@MGsavagewriter)