Boardmasters, Bloodstock & Rebellion. Yeah, It’s A Big Weekend
So this weekend is a big one for festival goers, with Boardmasters, Bloodstock & Rebellion all running between the 5th and the 10th August.
All 3 have a ton of great bands playing too, which only makes the choice harder. Here’s our top picks from all three festivals; a bumper guide for a bumper weekend.
Boardmasters is a music and surfing festival that runs from the 5th – 9th August at Watergate Bay, Newquay. It’s lineup is a real mixed bag, from pop to hip hop to rock, so there’s something for everyone. Check out our Boardmasters guide for more information.
1. Pulled Apart By Horses
Sunday, Mavericks Stage 10:10 – 11:00 pm
Pulled Apart By Horses’ live shows have a reputation for being pretty crazy, and PABH are not afraid to put themselves at risk to give you a good show – it’s not uncommon for band members to need a trip to the hospital after playing. Strap in.
2. Lower Than Atlantis
Friday, Main Stage 5:45 – 6:15pm
From visceral hardcore to anthemic pop-punkish rock, LTA have evolved a lot over their time as a band. Their self titled fourth album is the perfect summer record, and proves the band have lost none of their brilliance in their move towards more melodic music.
3. Nai Harvest
Saturday, Mavericks Stage 6:50 – 7:30 pm
Grainy, gleeful, punk infused fuzz pop from Sheffield. Check them out.
4. The Computers
Sunday, Mavericks Stage 9:00 – 9:40 pm
Soulful punk and roll that pulls as much influence from blues as it does hardcore. The Computers have spent the spring and summer locked away recording their third album, here’s hoping for a few sneak peaks.
5. The Darkness
Sunday, Mavericks Stage 11:45 pm – 12:45 am
It’s been a long a winding road for The Darkness since their debut record Permission To Land. There have been member changes, a break up, side projects, rehab, and a reunion. But The Darkness are back, and with a love letter to rock music; The Last Of Our Kind, and it’s a triumphant return at that.
Bloodstock is all about metal. 4 days of it. Solid. From the 6th – 9th August Derbyshire plays host to some the biggest and best metal acts in the world. Check out the full line up and stage times here.
For more information about Bloodstock, have a look at our guide.
1. Hang The Bastard
Friday, The Sophie Lancaster Stage 5:35 – 6:15 pm
Hang The Bastard are heavy. They’ve always been heavy. But it’s different now. Having lost their original vocalist to MINE, bassist Tom Hubbard has taken over vocals. And with this, HTB’s sludgy hardcore sound has been replaced by riff metal in the vein of Crowbar, Eyehategod and Sabbath, with Hubbard’s harsh, death metal style vocals over the top. It’s quite something.
Friday, Ronnie James Dio Stage 9:15 – 10:45 pm
Bloodstock marks the first UK festival headline slot for Trivium, so it’s a pretty safe bet that they’re gonna pull out all the stops. It’s also the 10th anniversary of their debut album Ascendancy. Expect big things.
Friday, The Sophie Lancaster Stage 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Conan are slow. And really, really heavy.
They were also Shoreditch-cool for a bit, in spite of themselves. But don’t let that put you off, there’s a lot of substance here.
Conan’s super tight doom metal comprises of huge, heavy, slow-mo riffs beneath howls of Lovecraftian horror, battles and death. Menacing.
4. Napalm Death
Saturday, The Ronnie James Dio Stage 3:20 – 4:05 pm
And now for something completely different. Napalm Death are fast. The fathers of grindcore are not one for following trends in metal, or anything else. Their uncompromising sound, fueled by righteous anger doesn’t focus on fantasy, but real world horror. The 15th studio album (yep, that’s 15th!) Apex Predator – Easy Meat focuses on industrialised slave labour in the modern world, a strange mix of humane, compassionate lyrics and visceral tearing music that you don’t want to miss out on seeing live.
5. Orange Goblin
Sunday, The Ronnie James Dio Stage 1:05 – 1:45 pm
Orange Goblin are one the original British stoner rock bands. Expect stomping riffs, grooves, machismo and probably a whole bunch of drinking.
There are a crazy amount of bands taking the stage in Blackpool this weekend as part of Rebellion Festival. In fact, it’s the biggest independent punk & alternative festival in the world.
Up The Punx.
Thursday, The Empress Ballroom 1:00 – 2:00 am
Misfits are the progenitors of horror punk, they’re living legends, and they’re well worth watching. Don’t miss out.
2. Sick Of It All
Thursday, The Empress Ballroom 6:25 – 7:15 pm
There aren’t a ton of hardcore bands playing Rebellion, but there is Sick Of It All. And if you could only have a few, SOIA would have to be one of those bands.
Sick Of It All have been a band since the late 80’s, were a major part of the NYHC scene in the 90’s and are one of the most influential and important hardcore bands ever. You really should watch them.
Thursday, The Empress Ballroom 11:30 pm – 12:30 am
Anti-flag are well known for their political activism and support for green peace, amnesty international and the occupy movement.
They’ve recently released their melodic tinged ninth studio album American Spring.
Sunday, The Empress Ballroom 5:50 – 6:40 pm
Ignite are a melodic hardcore band from California, and like Anti-Flag, known for their political activism. Angry, quick, metal-free hardcore that demands sing-a-longs… if you can keep up with vocalist Zoli’s impressive pipes.
5. Less Than Jake
Sunday, The Empress Ballroom 11:15 pm – 12:30 am
Ska Punk. The good kind. Less Than Jake are fun, without being too silly (Read. Reel Big Fish), and equally capable of expressing the bad parts of life as the good. It’s ska punk with layers and if that kind of music has ever been your thing, then Less Than Jake are the band to watch.