Live Review: 2000 Trees Festival 2015 – Thursday & Friday

2000 Trees Festival is the forest bed of the UK’s alternative music scene. It’s a thriving underground eco-system which has cultivated some of the most promising artists over its nine years of existence, and an environment which allows both musicians and their fans to flourish in the most fantastic ways. This year provided festival-goers with […]

Live Review: 2000 Trees Festival 2015 – Saturday

This was my first 2000 Trees experience, and I’d only heard good things about it in the past. Alkaline Trio was enough to get me excited enough after missing their shows with NoFX earlier in the week. As I walked through the arena I was amazed at the friendly nature of the crowd and how […]

In Appreciation Of… The Replacements (Live @ Roundhouse – 2/6/15)

The Replacements are the greatest band that (n)ever was. Chaotic, self destructive, trashy, beautiful, heartbroken and completely brilliant. The only thing that stopped them from being the biggest band in the world was their own compulsions. This is the band who, when playing hardcore shows in their home state of Minneapolis would refuse to play […]

Live Review: So Punk Fest (Southampton, 30/05/15)

So Punk Fest at Avondale House in Southampton was a great celebration of our DIY punk scene, with over ten bands playing from across the genre. As good as the line up was, the turn out was surprisingly underwhelming. It unfortunately seems that less and less people are bothered about the scene, small bands, and going […]

Single Review: Little Bribes “Reboot / Blood Bank”

When listening to the debut single release “Reboot / Blood Bank” it is hard to believe that Nottingham’s Little Bribes have only been a band for a matter of months. Both “Reboot” and “Blood Bank” (originally by Bon Ivor) were recorded live at JT Soar (home to many recent great punk shows, including Seeing Your […]

Live Review: Dot to Dot Festival (Nottingham, 24/05/15)

This year’s Dot to Dot Festival took place across May bank holiday weekend, in Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol. It’s always been a more indie/indie-pop oriented festival, but this year they peppered in some wonderful surprises including The Hotelier and Single Mothers. We were lucky enough to head down to the Nottingham date. Rather than Slam […]

Live Review: Bayside & Creeper (Nottingham, 21/05/15)

Last Thursday marked the return of Bayside to Nottingham. Last time they were here was last April when they supported Alkaline Trio, but this time they managed to get a huge turnout on the top of the bill. Subbing were Southampton punks Creeper, who managed to put on an impressive show. Kicking things off with “We Had […]

Live Review: Hit the Deck 2015 (Nottingham)

One of Nottingham’s busiest festivals, Hit the Deck, kicked off on Sunday at Rock City. From the start it was clear to see that there were a lot of changes this year; the road wasn’t closed nor dotted with busy food or merch stalls, The Forum was no longer used as a venue, and, worst […]

Live Review: The Skints (Birmingham, 18/04/15)

By the time The Skints took the stage on Saturday night, Birmingham’s Institute was absolutely packed full and almost overflowing. The far too small Library room quickly became a sweatbox – even before the band had started playing, with the bars becoming overcrowded and annoyingly understaffed. Eventually The Skints took to the stage and were […]

Live Review: Tuff Love, Dragons That Make Love To Pandas, ItoldyouIwouldeatyou and Belladonnas (Guildford, 9/4/15)

On Thursday 9th April, Tuff Love, Dragons That Make Love To Pandas, ItoldyouIwouldeatyou and Belladonnas played at the Boileroom in Guildford. This great line up comprised of three local bands from Guildford and one on tour from Glasgow. Three-piece all female band Belladonnas began the night, dressed in their pyjamas, with their thrash grunge sound and a […]