LIVE REVIEW: Kerrang! Awards Gig – Troxy 9/6/16

When Kerrang! announced A Day To Remember were filling the headline slot for their after awards show gig, you could practically hear everyone ask “is this real?!” With their lack of UK presence as of late, this was really an opportunity not to be missed. Their venue of choice, Troxy, was a great choice as well; the architecture and atmosphere of it just adding to the evening’s draw. However all did not go to plan, with the scheduled starting time of the show being 21:30 yet punters were not even let in until after that. Stage times were then delayed further until the room was filled, with Asking Alexandria eventually coming on close to 22:30, and A Day To Remember not being present until 23:45. Partly due to the time and partly to trains stopping at 23:30 for most punters, the room began to empty before the night was even halfway through. This being said, it wasn’t all bad; the bands put on a phenomenal show.

First up, Asking Alexandria let rip with first single from new album The Black in I Won’t Give In, and this was their chance to prove to a largely musician-based audience that the live show is every bit as good as its studio counterpart, and proved triumphant like never before. Stomping through tracks including To The Stage and The Death of Me, Denis proved he can perform just as well (if not better than) predecessor Danny Worsnop, as he leapt around and shrieked with an energy the latter could have only dreamed of with his lethargy onstage. Throwing out further classics Not The American Average and A Prophecy, the band had circle pits expanding to the walls and fans screaming along at the top of their lungs. What a sight.

As tension mounted in the room, A Day To Remember bounded out, launching straight into The Downfall Of Us All. This set proved to be a hectic affair with the hits flying out fast and hard; 2nd Sucks had waves rippling through the audience as they headbanged and jumped along. A slightly mellower moment in the setlist was provided by Have Faith In Me which prompted the biggest sing-a-long and was a real ‘grab your friend’ moment which was only continued as they blasted through both new songs Paranoia and Bad Vibrations, proving they’re anything over despite the slight hiatus. Everyone knew the words to the new tracks on their first British outing and both went down a storm. Finishing off the night with All I Want, the crowdsurfers came out in abundance after hiding away in the pit all night, which ended the show on as much of a high as the start; a live show that is every bit as thrilling as the albums.

(words by Jade Falconer)

Kerrang! Award Nominees Announced

It’s that time again for the Kerrang! Awards and this year it’s pretty big: among the nominations are a couple of huge London Slipknot shows, the return of GNR, battle of 5 newcomer punk bands and a huge clash of British titans. The announcement comes today after the Nominees Party last night, with live performances from Creeper amongst others.

The ceremony takes place (followed by a show headlined by Asking Alexandria) on Thursday 9th June so keep that date clear, and will be presented by The Darkness‘ Justin Hawkins and Skindred‘s Benji Webbe.

Grab your tickets here and see the full list of nominees below, and as per usual you can have your say here!

BEST EVENT – Presented by Kerrang! TV

Guns N’ Roses – Las Vegas Reunion Shows

5 Seconds Of Summer – Sounds Live Feels Live tour

Slipknot – Alexandra Palace shows

You Me At Six – The Ghost Inside Benefit Show

Biffy Clyro – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

 

BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER – Presented by Help Musicians

Counterfeit

Creeper

Milk Teeth

Muncie Girls

The Struts

BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER

Cane Hill

The Dirty Nil

Beach Slang

Beautiful Bodies

Biters

BEST TRACK – Presented by Kerrang! Radio

Moose Blood – Honey

Against The Current – Running With The Wild Things

Panic! At The Disco – Emperor’s New Clothes

Architects – A Match Made In Heaven

All Time Low – Missing You

 

BEST LIVE BAND – Presented by Red Stripe

Black Veil Brides

BABYMETAL

twenty one pilots

Nightwish

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

 

BEST ALBUM – Presented by Zippo

Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

Neck Deep – Life’s Not Out To Get You

Asking Alexandria – The Black

No Devotion – Permanence

Baroness – Purple

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND

All Time Low

Metallica

PVRIS

A Day To Remember

Fall Out Boy

BEST BRITISH BAND

Bring Me The Horizon

Iron Maiden

Enter Shikari

Biffy Clyro

Asking Alexandria

BEST FANBASE

Gerard Way

Pierce The Veil

Black Veil Brides

Paramore

twenty one pilots

BEST FILM

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Deadpool

Minions

Ant-Man

Jurassic World

BEST TV SHOW

The Walking Dead

Daredevil

Jessica Jones

Making A Murderer

Adventure Time

BEST RADIO SHOW

Fresh Blood With Alex Baker – Kerrang! Radio

MOJO Rocks with Phil Alexander – Planet Rock

Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter

Beats 1 with Zane Lowe

Nights With Alice Cooper – Planet Rock

BEST VIDEO GAME

Far Cry Primal

Fallout 4

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

Guitar Hero Live

Star Wars Battlefront

BEST COMIC BOOK

The Wicked + The Divine

2000 AD

Saga

Nimona

Descender

BEST FESTIVAL

Download

Slam Dunk

Reading & Leeds

Bloodstock

The Great Escape

BEST COMEDIAN

Matt Berry

Amy Schumer

Josie Long

Bill Bailey

Louis CK

TWEETER OF THE YEAR

Jono Yates (Away Days/Blitz Kids)

Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)

Mark Hoppus (Blink-182/+44)

Becky Blomfield (Milk Teeth)

Hayley Williams (Paramore)