Hope and Glory festival cancelled

Hope and Glory Festival in Liverpool has today announced that they will no longer be holding the Sunday section of the event due to ongoing issues with the site/organisation.

 

Bands such as Reverend and the makers, Ocean Colour Scene and Clean Cut Kid were due to play the Sunday at Hope and Glory.

 

The organisers of the festival announced the cancellation with a Facebook post and Tweet, see below

 

The organisers released the following statement about the festival

“A message from the HOPE & GLORY Festival organisers.

Dear all

It is with the deepest regret that the organisers of HOPE & GLORY made the decision to cancel the Sunday of the festival. We can appreciate how disappointed and angry the festival-goers are as we are feeling the same. To say that the organisers feel anything short of devastated would be a gross understatement.

Whilst we accept responsibility for our festival, we believe it is important that we are wholly transparent with the issues that led to our decision.

We are conducting a full review into what happened, however it is clear at this early stage that multitudinous failures by the Production Management Team, headed by Richard Agar, resulted in a plethora of issues that meant the decision to cancel the festival was made. Again, the festival accepts its responsibility but the public attending the festival need to know the truth behind our decision to sadly cancel the festival. We already know at this early stage, that we be taking legal action against some parties employed as a result of the failures.

We will now address some of the key points that led to our decision and also provide correct information about some of the comments that we have seen made about the festival and other matters of concern:

COMPANY SOLICITOR
We are aware of a social media account claiming to be Jannet Loures. We are equally aware that the comments by this individual will have caused further distress to us and the public.

We have never heard of this individual yet she claims to be solicitor to the HOPE & GLORY Festival. Her comments and claims should be disregarded as should many of the fake accounts that appear to be engaging with her comments. We believe we know the source of these and the police have been advised.

CAPACITY
We have seen a number of comments suggesting the festival was over capacity.
In joint agencies group meeting Angie Redhead, Head of City Assets for Liverpool Council advised the group that the capacity allowed is 15,000. This was noted in minutes of the meeting.

The number seemed very excessive to Hope & Glory Festival Ltd and our company advised the council and emergency services in attendance that we were very uncomfortable with the capacity that Angie Redhead of Liverpool Council advised on behalf of the council.

As a direct result of the festival statement of concern, the capacity was reduced by 2,500 people.

We can confirm that contrary to claims on social media, at no point did the festival exceed the capacity agreed by the SAG (council, police, fire, ambulance).

The festival was concerned about the numbers and so decided to further reduce the capacity on the day by mid afternoon and stopped selling day tickets as a way to do so thus reducing the capacity below that that had been sanctioned by the Sag (blue light services and Liverpool City Council). It is worth noting that if we had proceeded with the 15,000 Angie Redhead of Liverpool Council had advised the festival then this would have been at a severely dangerous level. We are relieved we did not.

QUEUES, OPENING TIMES, BOTTLE NECKING & LATE STAGE RUNNING
We are very aware of the claims of excessive queues, bottle necking and late running of stage times which also led to the cancellation of one major act.

The festival accept that this occurred and profusely apologise to the public and artists for this.

However, it is important to acknowledge why these issues occurred and whom was responsible for them. Whereas Hope & Glory accept ultimate responsibility for the event we must highlight the issues caused not only to the public and Hope & Glory festival but to other companies involved in the delivery of the festival also.

The festival employed experienced Production Manager Richard Agar and his team to deliver the production element of the event. The Production failed to deliver a site that was ready in time. We had agreed that doors would be opened at 11am though advertised at noon. This was agreed with the Council, blue light services and all contractors for the event including Richard Agar.

QUEUES AND OPENING TIMES
Mr Agar and the team he appointed to carry out the production sadly did not deliver the site as ready in time for 11am. We view this solely as a management issue as his team appeared to work exceedingly hard to address what they needed to.

At 12:45 William Brown St was still having build materials cleared from it. As a direct result the festival opened 1 hour and 50 minutes later than agreed and 50 minutes later than advertised. These had a massive impact on the queues that never recovered from them until much later in the day. We will continue to liaise with Mr Agar and his company and seek a resolution over these issues.

BOTTLE NECKING
Despite the delay opening, it became apparent that the bridges that the festival had requested be built from William Brown Street into St. Johns Gardens to ease congestion had not been built. We believe that these were the sole reason for the bottle necking that occurred. We requested that these be delivered by Mr Agar’s production management as agreed and they clearly were not.

The festival became concerned during the course of the day. We requested to a PCSO onsite that a senior police officer join us to assess the matter. That occurred along with us putting in place a temporary measure to imporove the flow of people movement between the gardens and William Brown St. That resolved the matter though we realised it was still not ideal. We held entry back onto the site whilst we revieqwed the steps taken with the police and opened them again when we were sure that public safety had once again been established.

We will continue to liaise with Mr Agar and his company and seek a resolution over these issues.

LATE STAGE RUNNING
We profusely apologise to all customers, artists and management alike over the late stage running and the necessary cancellation of one main stage act and reduction of some set lengths. It was necessary for all the reasons above.

REFUNDS
All ticket purchasers should consult the company they purchased their tickets from for advice on this.

OTHER MATTERS INCLUDING POSSIBLE THEFT
We have reported to the police the theft of property from the festival site and in particular from St.George’s Hall. We had previously been advised by council officials that our office in St.George’s Hall was a safe place to leave our belongings and that there was sufficient security in the building. It seems however that our belongings were not safe from Angie Redhead of Liverpool City Council’s decisions and I will address that now.

On Saturday evening, all of the artist riders were laid out in Suite 2 of St. George’s Hall. The value of these were circa £2,000. We have been advised by Angie Redhead that most of this was “donated’ when she said “We made the decision to give it away”. A decision they were not authorised to make.

FOODSTUFFS
Angie Redhead claimed that the ‘perishables’ would have “gone off”. This is remarkable as the food was not perishable within two hours (!) but that most had long dates on them and even the shorter dated products had a few days – certainly enough time available to drop us an email asking what should be done with them. There was certainly nothing that would have gone off, save perhaps a pint milk we understand was there and the room was not so warm that it would have caused an issue to any of the products. As we know the Sunday was a much cooler, rainy day too!

ALCOHOL
Even more concerning was that out of the vast amount of alcohol in that room, most of it was gone – including all the spirits (bourbon, gin, whisky, vodka, rum etc) and all but one of the plentiful bottles of wine. A small amount of the alcohol has been returned but no spirits and only one bottle of wine. Again, Angie Redhead advised, when challenged that she had “Made the decision to give it away”. For the avoidance of doubt, the quotes I have attributed to Angie Redhead here are exact. As a council official, and without contacting the festival organisers (we had been on site that morning and were again that afternoon).

We were refused entry to check it which given my quiet demeanour when working with the local authority and discussing the riders we were most surprised at.

No-one in the festival set up with such responsibility received any email from Angie Redhead. We consider that theft of Hope & Glory Festival Limited owned goods.

OTHER ITEMS
There was cash and two Mac computers present in Suite 1. The macs we may have located and the money I need to look into but, as we have said already, Angie Redhead chose not to allow me entry into the building – a decision I am still unclear on why she too as it was our belongings in there. As I had already been in the building 5 minutes earlier and was asking where my Macs were, we can only imagine she made that decision because she knew we were about to discover about the alcohol.

FINALLY

Some of the above will not apply to you all but we are attempting to be as transparent as possible and will answer any other questions we can. Some matters will of course lead us to legal action against some parties so our apologies if at this stage we can’t answer everything.

Hope & Glory Festival wish to once again apologise to all our customers and acts and others involved. We are desperately saddened that what was to be a superb and exciting festival ended in cancellation. We did so because the Health & Safety of all of our customers takes precedence over anything else and we felt that given the issues of the Saturday, these could not be assured.

Such concerns will always be our priority and we will update you on more as our investigation continues.

UPDATE
We have received a question about the festival cancellation for the Sunday. We cancelled the Sunday after we became increasingly aware that the work required by one contractor had not been carried out. We felt that we were fortunate that no-one was injured on the Sunday during the bottlenecking and that the festival site was still not going to be as requested. We had dismissed from site the Production Manager and decided that it was more important to that the event be cancelled rather than have a second day where health and safety could be potentially compromised. Simply put, there were too many elements that had not been addressed by the company tasked to provide them. Our sincere apologies about this.”

 

They also followed the above announced with one regarding an address to write to and a short statement regarding refunds

Y Not? Festival cancel Sunday

Y Not? Festival has been forced to cancel the Sunday of this years sold out festival due to adverse weather conditions.

 

This comes after already being forced to cancel The Vaccines performance.

 

The full statement from Y Not? is below

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM Y NOT FESTIVAL

Unfortunately we’ve had to take the difficult decision to cancel Sunday due to the adverse weather conditions across the weekend, after consulting all the relevant authorities. The safety of our guests, performers and crew is our primary concern and the potential risk was too severe for Sunday to go ahead. We are very sorry for the disappointment and disruption caused to everyone who was looking forward to the final day of the festival. We understand that people will have questions about refunds. We will be giving all our guests further information about this over the coming days.

LEAVING SITE
We advise people to pack their tents and belongings and leave the site calmly over the course of the day. The event team, security, and stewards are here to help and assist.

Car Parks
The car parks have also been affected by the rain and we have put in place additional measures to support the safe departure of all guests. Please bear with us at this time, as it may take longer than expected to exit.

Car Pick Up Point
The pick-up and drop off area for cars is operating as usual, please follow the signs. If you are picking someone up please use the designated area and do not stop on the main road.

SHUTTLE BUSES
If you are already booked on a Sunday shuttle bus to Matlock and Buxton Train Stations, please head towards the VIP car park. Please check social media and our website for updated information.

Big Green Coach Departures
Please follow the regular social media update and our website for further information on the Big Green Coach departures.

STAYING ON SITE UNTIL MONDAY
For those of you who are unable to leave site today, Y NOT will provide support in the form of campsites, welfare and food stalls which will be open and staffed throughout. If you are planning on staying, please do not pack up your tent and equipment.

MEDICAL & WELFARE
The medical and welfare services are operating as usual and are located next to the Village Green, should any guests require any additional support and assistance.

PHONE, CASH MACHINES & FOOD
Phone charging is available at the Village Green. Cash Machines are located near the Giant Squid venue. Food stalls will be trading as normal in the campsites and festival arenas.

REFUNDS
We will be providing all guests with further information about this in the coming days.

FINALLY
Ending Y NOT 2017 like this was an incredibly difficult decision and we are as disappointed as you are. Getting guests off site safely is our number one priority. Please bear with us and if you do need to contact us please be advised that our response may be a little delayed at this time.

Thanks Everyone

 

Keep an eye on the Y Not? website and Facebook page for details regarding refunds.

Fort Fest 2017 Cancellation

Bedfordshire’s Fort Fest has been cancelled due to low ticket sales, the festival, due to be held at the start of August, was about to celebrate it’s second year running. With a mixture of sounds plus small and more well known bands being part of the experience, it’s a real shame this has been the outcome.

“We are deeply saddened that we have had to cancel Fort Fest. After a very promising start last year, ticket sales have been extremely disappointing and there was no prospect of us being able to deliver the festival that we had planned or that everyone involved deserves. We would like to apologise to everyone who has bought tickets and to the bands and traders that supported Fort Fest.  Full refunds will, of course, be forthcoming this week.” – Jon Hewitt, on behalf of The Fort Records

 

UK Tech-Fest announce after parties

UK Tech-Fest have announced the details for this years after parties.

 

After Parties
Thursday: My/Bitter/Half + Musica Masonica + Conjurer
Friday: Strains + Death Remains + Continents
Saturday: Hypophora + Meyoumusic + Super Jam
Sunday: BEAR + Slamtera (Harbinger covers Pantera) + Techeoke

 

Workshops
1:00pm Jøel Pinder (FRAKTIONS) – Polyrythms/Chord Voicings Masterclass
2:00pm Ash Cook – Digital Marketing Industry Insights
3:00pm Matt Ball (NYCOSIA) – Bass Masterclass

1:00pm Steph Knight – PR Industry Insights
2:00pm Sarah Longfield – Tapping Master Class
4:00pm Mendel bij de Leij Artist PageAborted – Guitar Master Class

1:00pm Harrison White (Novena) – Rehearsal Etiquette
2:00pm Arnaud VerrierUneven Structure – Drum Masterclass
6:00pm Linus KlausenitzerObscura – Bass Masterclass

1:00pm Jan ZehrfeldPanzerballett – Guitar Masterclass
2:00pm Double Slit Guitars – Product Demo + Q/A
3:00pm Gareth Mason “Slice The Cake” – (Fire bars) Lyrical Concepts Masterclass
4.00pm James Norbert Ivanyi – Guitar Masterclass

 

The Black Dahlia Murder – UK EXCLUSIVE
Northlane
Chelsea Grin – UK EXCLUSIVE
Textures – Final UK festival show
Obscura – UK EXCLUSIVE
Aborted
Beyond Creation – UK EXCLUSIVE
Igorrr
The Arusha Accord
Hacktivist
Rolo Tomassi
Uneven Structure
Ingested
The Algorithm
Martyr Defiled
Humanities Last Breath – UK EXCLUSIVE
Oceans Ate Alaska
Exivious – UK EXCLUSIVE FINAL SHOW
Panzerballet UK EXCLUSIVE
Dyscarnate
Carcer City
Persefone
Drewsif Stalin
Exist Immortal
Sarah Longfield
Oni
Alaska
Virvum UK EXCLUSIVE
The Fine Constant
Red Seas Fire
Shattered Skies
The Colour Line
Maxi Curnow
Within Destruction
Aenimus
Toska
Ghost Iris
Harbinger
A Trust Unclean
James Norbert Ivanyi
Novena
The Royal
Valis Ablaze
Hieroglyph
The Parallax Method
Pteroglyph
Borders
Core Of IO
Dialects
FRCTRD
Sentience
Fraktions
Nycosia
Altostratus
Godeater
Dream Waves

 

 

Boardmasters announce official after parties

Boardmasters have announced their official after parties for this years festival.

 

Boardmasters takes place in Newquay between Thursday 10th and Sunday 13th August 2017, the after parties will host well known DJs in the best clubs in the city.

 

Check out the full schedule below

  SAILORS KOOLA BERTIES
Thursday 10 August Tom Zanetti and K.O Kane

 

Garage NATION

Pied Piper Unknown MC

DJ Red Hot

Shy FX

Stamina MC

Friday 11

August

Danny Howard

Apres

 

Flava D

Jack Swift

 

Good Life presents

The Deep Sea Dance Off

Saturday 12 August Jaguar Skills

Alex Ross

Soul Shape

Solardo

Bronx Cheers

 

Good Life presents

The Deep Sea Dance Off

Plus guests

Sunday 13

August

    Good Life presents

The Deep Sea Dance Off

Plus guests

 

Check out the highlights video below

casey butserfest

Interview: Casey, Slam Dunk South 29/5/17

Following their hugely exciting Slam Dunk set (see the review here), we caught up with Tom Weaver, frontman of one of the most promising upcoming British bands out there right now – Casey.

How’s your weekend been so far?
Tom: It’s been really good actually. I managed to catch a couple of bands today which was cool, I was doing merch all day yesterday and at Midlands.

Have you got any good stories from the weekend so far?
Tom: Yesterday, I’d just finished watching The Bronx and I was walking down to Shikari and a guy grabbed me and told me “ska music is exclusively for paedophiles and magicians” and that was it. He just wandered off.

What would you put in a Casey cocktail? (It doesn’t have to be alcoholic)
Tom: Yeah I’ll take you up on that. No alcohol and no caffeine so… I have to be honest, it would probably just be tropical Sunny D.

What’s been your highlight of 2017 so far?
Tom: There have been a few really. Impericon festival in Leipzig is at the top – that was the biggest show we’ve ever played by a considerable margin. That was our first experience of a real festival too, plus meeting the guys in Thy Art Is Murder was cool too. I’ve been a fan of them for a long time so meeting them finally was greit, and on top of that them being so incredibly humble and really nice people was a huge thing. Other than that I think getting feedback on the record has been good, hearing different people’s interpretations on it and everything.

Who would you like to support or support you in the near future?
Tom: There are a load of bands we’ve said we’d love to play with like LydiaPianos Become The TeethTouche Amore…  In terms of smaller bands to support us, we love Movements so if we could sort something with them that would be great. Our friends in Holding Absence obviously, we’ve been trying to sort something out with them for a while so hopefully that will come soon. This year has really opened us up to touring with bands outside our genre and style so that’s always an option again. We all caught Citizen this weekend and thought they’d be awesome to play with so…

How do you feel Casey has changed since we saw you at Butserfest last year?
Tom: Nothing’s really changed, exactly. When we’re on the stage it’s very self-enclosed so the way we performed at Impericon for 8,000 people and the way we performed to a couple of hundred in the rain at Butserfest. Obviously we’ve seen an incremental increase in fan interaction since back then, and today was a perfect example of that. I think that was the first time I’ve ever been able to fully step away from the mic and hear the crowd back which was insane. Other than that, it’s just the gradual spread of fans week on week. We’ll have a look and see a few more in Australia and a few in America picking up on us so the organic increase of the fanbase is cool, but nothing has changed as a band exactly.

Which direction do you see your music going next?
Tom: We’ve never sat down and had a conversation about how we want to sound. Everything we’ve written up to now has been a product of improvisation really so we’ll go to a practice room and see. Sometimes someone has come up with something and say “I wrote this at home, I think it sounds cool”, sometimes someone plays something and we’ll say “keep playing that, I’ll just try this” and it builds. Whether it becomes an interlude in the live set or if it becomes a complete song we don’t know until we’ve built it. We’ve never decided we want to be a post-hardcore band or a post-rock band or a we want to write eleven really atmospheric songs, we just write how we feel. We’ve been messing with some pieces that might become a record but in three or four months’ time we might decide we’re not really fans of that anymore and do something else. What we’ve been doing is more of the same in a way, but more mature. A lot more thought is going into the layering and how we can fill a room with it because of the different shows we’re starting to play now. There are points in big shows like Impericon where about a minute of the set was lost in translation because of the acoustics of the bigger rooms.

 

Thanks to Tom for chatting to us! Casey are a band increasing in size and following rapidly so get on with immersing yourself in their recordings and live shows now to follow their monumental rise that’s just around the corner…

UK Tech-Fest announce day splits

UK Tech-fest have announced how this year’s festival will be split across the three days. Check out the poster for full details

 

Full main event line-up so far:

The Black Dahlia Murder – UK EXCLUSIVE
Chelsea Grin – UK EXCLUSIVE
Textures – Final UK festival show
Obscura – UK EXCLUSIVE
Aborted
The Haarp Machine
Beyond Creation – UK EXCLUSIVE
Igorrr
The Arusha Accord
Hacktivist
Rolo Tomassi
Uneven Structure
Ingested
The Algorithm
Martyr Defiled
Humanities Last Breath – UK EXCLUSIVE
Oceans Ate Alaska
Exivious – UK EXCLUSIVE FINAL SHOW
Panzerballet UK EXCLUSIVE
Dyscarnate
Carcer City
Persefone
Drewsif Stalin
Exist Immortal
Sarah Longfield
Oni
Alaska
Virvum UK EXCLUSIVE
The Fine Constant
Red Seas Fire
Shattered Skies
The Colour Line
Maxi Curnow
Within Destruction
Aenimus
Toska
Ghost Iris
Harbinger
A Trust Unclean
Bear
James Norbert Ivanyi
Novena
The Royal
Valis Ablaze
Hieroglyph
The Parallax Method
Pteroglyph
Borders
Core Of IO
Dialects
FRCTRD
Sentience
Fraktions
Nycosia
Dream Waves

Purchase tickets here: http://uktechfest.gigantic.com

Slam Dunk 2017

Slam Dunk 2017: The Top Picks, Reviewed

Slam Dunk Summary

The festival brought some of the biggest and best names in the alternative music world to Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield as always this year, but the festival also named a lot of smaller bands across the lineup. Bands including PuppyToo Close To TouchCaseyDecadeLike Pacific and The Gospel Youth all featured across the weekend of day festivals, not to mention bringing out the big guns with Enter Shikari‘s 10 year anniversary celebration of their debut album, Neck DeepTonight Alive and the return of Bowling For Soup. Read on for Musicology’s picks of the weekend’s action!

Puppy (South)

Opening up the Signature Brew stage were Puppy, a band who are no strangers to fairly hefty crowds by now. The ever-growing Creeper had them out on the road through the UK and Europe this March which gained them a significant increase in fanbase size, which clearly showed in the performance this weekend. A half-hour set featuring fan favourites The Great Beyond and Arabella proved to be the winning formula as the crowd expanded hugely throughout to become arguably the biggest crowd of the stage openers. Closing the set with Entombed showed those at Slam Dunk not aware what Puppy are all about how they do things: grunge/metal hybrid tunes that pack a serious punch. [8/10]

Sorority Noise (Midlands)

After the release of their newest album, You’re Not As _____ As You Think, Sorority Noise returned to the UK to bring their brutally honest and heartfelt songs to the Signature Brew stage. Opening with No Halo and Nolsey, the Connecticut four piece wasted no time in making their presence felt with Boucher’s guitar strap breaking mid song, as he threw himself across the stage. Dirty Ickes and Art School Wannabe get the whole crowd bobbing with the occasional finger point. Slowing it down with Car, the crowd get to catch a breather before Your Soft Blood sees the band bring their set to a dramatic end. [9/10]

Milk Teeth (South)

Female-fronted grunge outfit Milk Teeth hit Slam Dunk pretty hard. Equipped with brand new song Owning Your Okayness, this was one of the last opportunities for the group to expand their fanbase before their new EP Be Nice is released in July and they didn’t disappoint. Playing through a set comprised mainly of 2016 debut album Vile Child proved popular with onlookers at the Signature Brew stage and left a resounding intensity of atmosphere when they left the stage. Very promising for a band looking like they’ll shoot for the stars very soon indeed. [8/10]

Boston Manor (Midlands)

Boston Manor have been at the forefront of UK pop punk for the past year now. A set dominant with songs from their debut LP Be Nothing proved the upgrade in stages from the Fresh Blood to the Key Club Stage this year was justifiable. The whole room filled with both old and new fans eager to witness their progression. Single Lead Feet welcomes a constant stream of crowd surfers which didn’t seem to stop throughout their set. Vocalist Henry found himself amongst the crowd along the barrier welcoming the energy. Stop Trying, Be Nothing erupts into a circle pit, stretching the whole area of the room. A set with a continuous amount of crowd energy is brought to a close with crowd favourite Laika. A packed out room and an energy pumped crowd proved that Boston Manor are changing the face of pop punk, they are definitely one to watch. [9/10]

Turnover (Midlands)

The ringing of ambient guitars welcomed Virginia dream pop outfit Turnover to the Signature Brew stage; a more conserved band with slightly less energy than other bands on the line up can often mean less crowd interaction. Opening with Cutting My Fingers Off however saw quite the opposite with vocalist Austin being drowned out by the crowd singing back. Crowd pleasers New Scream and Dizzy on the Comedown was welcomed by this continuation of crowd participation and a steady amount of movement. Closing on Take My Head saw an end to a calm yet well performed set by the dreamy four piece. [8/10]

With Confidence (South)

Aussie pop punkers With Confidence have only been over to the UK to perform a handful of times, but this occasion marked their upgrade from 2016’s Fresh Blood stage to the Key Club stage – a huge size increase. Along with this bigger show came more songs from their 2016 debut album Better Weather which only hit shelves in June 2016 since they last played the festival. Throughout the set, guitarist Luke Rockets made reference to a member of security who was dancing and singing along throughout which sums the set up fantastically: a talented young band with fantastically catchy songs having a lot of fun halfway round the world from home. [8/10]

Counterfeit (South)

Battling against Turnover, With Confidence and Beartooth is not an easy thing to do for any band, espacially one that only released their debut album in mid-March and to be fair the crowd they pulled was by no means small. Not put off by the half-full Impericon stage, the band went absolutely all-out for the crowd who seemed up for anything. The pure showman ability of frontman Jamie Campbell Bower was evident throughout, but was put out on display for all to see when he made his first journey out into the crowd where he stood with his guitar and mic stand in the circle pit, with his brother on his shoulders, also playing. Fantastic confidence on display, this band are sure to go a long way. [10/10]

Beartooth (Midlands)

Beartooth had some big boots to fill after both Crossfaith and Bury Tomorrow played the Jagermeister stage earlier on in the day, but they did not disappoint. Opening with the title track off their latest album Aggressive, the four piece from Ohio ensured that their set was going to be 40 minutes of carnage, and that it was. The Lines saw the entirety of the main stage crowd taking to one knee then erupting as the intro kicks in. The frenzy continued as Always Dead found the entire front of the arena turned into a massive circle pit. Hated drew their short yet energetic set to a close. [8/10]

I Prevail (South)

On their first trip across the Atlantic, I Prevail stopped off at Slam Dunk to crush the Impericon stage with their heavy (yet somewhat generic) metalcore anthems which filled each of the three dates’ venues to capacity with people turned away at the door. The first and final UK play of their version of Blank Space proves predictably popular, yet the highlight of their set without a doubt was the closing track Scars which is the first single from second album Lifelines. Suitably heavy yet melodic, the tracks played caused mayhem to a level beyond anything else during the day. [10/10]

Deaf Havana (North)

The boys in Deaf Havana hit the Jagermeister stage in unglamorous fashion, adorned with Hawaiian shirts. They kicked things off with recent album opener Ashes, Ashes which went down well enough but something seems a little off. Lead singer/guitarist James Veck-Gilodi (complete with darkened sunglasses) admitted to being tired and slightly hungover but this never stopped him from belting out tracks Youth In Retrospect and Speeding Cars with maximum gusto. Fans looking for older tracks didn’t find it here, with the majority of the set consisting of newer material and although the sound on the outdoor stage failed to capture depth of the band’s sound, tracks like Speeding Cars sounded right at home in front of the capacity crowd. Bookending the set with recent album closer Pensacola, 2013, Deaf Havana proved that they can still go even when they don’t really feel like it. [7/10]

Frank Iero and the Patience (South)

Ex-My Chemical Romance man Frank Iero is back in the UK with the latest incarnation of his band after the name change last year. Unsurprisingly energetic upon taking to the stage, the band ripped through their catalogue of alternative-punk anthems to a capitaved audience, taken largely from their second album Parachutes. The highlight of the set was .weighted. played with maximum gusto, with crowds surging at every opportunity. [7/10]

Seaway (Midlands)

Making a return after playing the Fresh Blood stage back in 2015, Ontario feel good pop punk five-piece Seaway were welcomed to a packed-out crowd at the Key Club stage. Best Mistake and Shy Guys warmed up the crowd to a flurry of crowdsurfers as vocalist Ryan took to the barrier to hand the mic to them. Old school fan favourite Sabrina the Teenage Bitch saw the crowd erupt in ecstasy, as it seemed every person wanted to get to the front. Slam allowed the crowd to gather their energy back as Everything Is Cool Man is screamed back at them. With mention of their third album being released at the end of this year, Seaway are proving that feel-good 2000’s pop punk is still alive as ever. [8/10]

Don Broco (South)

Returning to the UK straight from a tour with State ChampsAgainst The Current and With Confidence in the US to play the three remaining shows before finishing their third album this summer, Don Broco arrived ready to play. They crashed through tracks from both of their albums after the crowd got properly involved with single Everybody, causing dancing and singing along with the mass of Rob masks throughout. Finishing up on brand new track Pretty and bringing in With Confidence‘s Josh Brosezzi, frontman Rob Damiani and drummer Matt Donnelly surfed across the crowd to go mad in the pit while the song punched away to the end. Very exciting band at the moment, the third album and November Alexandra Palace headline show look very exciting! [9/10]

Less Than Jake (North)

Inside the First Direct Arena punters willingly give up their place in the beer queue and dash to the arena floor as they hear opening strains of All My Best Friend Are Metalheads. It’s a guaranteed crowd-puller and sees the audience skanking along to their beer-fuelled ska-punk in no time. Less Than Jake roar through stone cold classics Automatic, Last One Out Of Liberty City and Sugar In Your Gas Tank before proclaiming “Any band who tells you their new stuff is better than your old stuff is lying!”. They go ahead and prove their own point as newer tracks PS, Shock The World and the stellar Bomb Drop receive limited response from the nostalgia happy crowd. Closing things up with a double header of Gainesville Rock City and The Ghost Of Me & You however ends the set in riotous fashion, setting the audience up for more old-school pop punk to follow. [8/10]

Enter Shikari (South)

Enter Shikari are no strangers to the Hertfordshire music scene, and celebrating the final show of their 10 year Anniversary of Take To The Skies was incredibly fitting. The crowd chanting welcomed their stage entrance of Enter Shikari with the lyrics “and still we will be here, standing like statues” and the explosive set began. The atmosphere of the crowd felt like a cross between a political protest and a rave with insane circle pits, moshing and chants below the electric green light show that defines Shikari. The pure energy of the band throughout the set was remarkable as they revisited the album with nostalgia, frontman Rou made particular reference to lyrics in the song Juggernauts “the idea of community, will be something displayed in a museum” before launching into an empowering speech about the importance of voting. One thing that’s for certain, the passion of the band and the audience has in no way diminished and will surely grow on the horizon of a new album and UK tour. [8/10] (Words by Brittany Rutt)

Tonight Alive (Midlands)

Tonight Alive entered the Key Club stage opening with Lonely Girl to a good crowd, despite competing with big stage headliners including Enter Shikari and Neck Deep. The band interacted with crowd who sang along as they played iconic songs like Listening. Vocalist Jenna McDougall made a statement speech about what Tonight Alive stands for and the message she encourages at their shows. It was the message of not being bound by societies expectations which was received well by the crowd who cheered and applauded the vocalist. This led nicely into the song Wasting Away which is one of the band’s first songs produced. Before finishing with their latest single World Away, the band announced that after Slam Dunk they would be going back to the studio to start on a new album. Overall, a Tonight Alive show is an experience you definitely come away feeling a little more empowered. [9/10] (Words by Ellie Slym)

Neck Deep (South)

Kicking off with a new single Happy Judgement DayNeck Deep set about on their self-depricating pop punk conquest to rule Slam Dunk 2017, despite them admitting there were better bands the onlookers should be watching during that headliner slot. Contrary to their words, the band pulled out of the bag one of the stronger sets of the day as they played through favourites old and new in the way of What Did You Expect?Tables Turned and new single Where Do We Go When We Go? to the ever-maddening crowd. Finishing up with Can’t Kick Up The Roots brought another successful set to a close, with promises that performances on their huge October headline tour would be bigger and better. [8/10]

Bowling For Soup (North)

Bowling For Soup walked out to the excited screams of a packed out Fireball stage. The hardcore fans were wearing all different variations of Bowling For Soup merch from every tour over the past 10 years. After a brief intro, they kicked the set off with The Bitch Song, with the crowd singing along to every word you knew this was going to be a Slam Dunk set to remember. Their 14-song set packed full of the band’s classics and more well-known songs as well as their lead single Hey Diane taken from their latest album Drunk Dynasty. The band filled their slot with not only their amazing tracks but filled with crowd interaction, jokes and of course BEER! A handful of the crowd seemed disappointed by the amount of joking around between the band and the crowd and voiced their opinions throughout the set. This however didn’t dampen the mood at the Fireball stage, with the band giving it their all and the crowd losing their minds at every song. [8/10]