TAKING BACK SUNDAY to play Tell All Your Friends in full this upcoming UK and EU tour!

HOLD UP. This could be the best news we’ve heard – not only has the UK seen some pretty hefty bands this year already but to hear the epitome of TBS’a discography played in full?! It’s a dream come true.

You can catch TBS on their tour for the following dates:

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13 – BIRMINGHAM Institute

14 – GLASGOW Barrowlands

15 – BELFAST Limelight

16 – DUBLIN Vicar Street

18 – LONDON Troxy

19 – MANCHESTER Academy

20 – BRISTOL Academy

23 – AMSTERDAM Melkweg

24 – COLOGNE Gloria

25 – BERLIN SO36

26 – HAMBURG Gruenspan

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Less Than Jake announce co-headlining tour with Reel Big Fish

Punk rock ska band, Less Than Jake has announced a U.K. co-headlining tour with good friends, Reel Big Fish with support from Zebrahead, Suburban Legends and DJ Matt Stocks at the end of October and running through November. With two of the first shows in London Kentish Town, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish and friends cross the country to the likes of Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester and ending their tour in Dublin on November 18. Tickets are currently available from Ticketmaster now and will likely sell quick – these bands are not ones to miss! Always putting on a fun and lively show with Zebrahead taking the lead at Slam Dunk every year, it’s an experience to remember for fans.

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POLY-MATH announce JULY 2018 tour dates with COLDBONES

polymath on tour1Brighton based progressive math-rock band, Poly-Math have announced a run of tour dates for July 2018 with Kent band, Coldbones. Recently releasing their double album, House Of Wisdom | We Are The Devil, Poly-Math are making a name for themselves in the scene for their unique sound garnering praise from the likes of Kerrang!, BBC Radio One, The Independent and many more. They recently premiered their most recent music video for ‘Alchemy’ with Kerrang! Magazine available here. Fans can also purchase their record on 12 inch vinyl from their BandCamp website. Be sure to grab your free copy of Poly-Math’s ‘Ink Of Scholar’ here from their latest EP.

Tour Dates as follows:

14.07.18 – London – Underdog Gallery
19.07.18 – Birmingham – Subside *
20.07.18 – Leeds – Fox & Newt *
21.07.18 – Nottingham – Rock City Basement *
17.08.18 – Bristol – ArcTanGent Festival
28.10.18 – Leeds – Weird & Wonderful Festival @ Wharf Chambers

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BIG SCARY MONSTERS RECORDS announce indie-rock pop up shop in Cardiff!

Following their successful venture in London last year, Big Scary Monsters Records are bringing their indie-rock pop up shop to the capitol of Cardiff this year including appearances from names such as Tiny Moving Parts, Nervus and Brighton newcomers Orchards. Big Scary Monsters Records are bringing their love for independent music culture to Cardiff’s Duke Street Arcade where lots of exciting giveaways and surprises will take place.

With a shop takeover scheduled for Tiny Moving Parts, in store appearances include Slaughter Beach, Dog, Nervus and Cameron Boucher of Sorority Noise along with Orchards and Jamie Lenman. Surprises including goody bags with every purchase (with a golden ticket prize for all!) and rare merchandise and signed records and test pressings available, Big Scary Monsters Records are grounded in Cardiff for a solid five days where each day is different.

11th April – Opening day
12th April – Tiny Moving Parts takeover / Orchards instore
14th April – Jamie Lenman instore
15th April – Slaughter Beach Dog / Nervus instore
16th April – Cameron Boucher (Sorority Noise) instore / closing day

Be sure to follow Big Scary Monsters Records on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

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TOUCH DOWN FESTIVAL line-up Announcement and dates

Touch Down Festival has recently revealed it’s line-up including names such as headlining act Mallory Knox, Home Bound, Wolfpeake and Northshore. Taking place on July 14th in Jane Street Workington and sponsored by Slam Dunk’s infamous Fireball stage, Touch Down Festival are set to be releasing a flurry of bands in the coming months.

Tickets are priced at £18 and are available here.

To keep updated with the festivals announcements, be sure to head over to their Facebook.

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FALSE ADVERTISING reveal ‘Falsetival’ & info on upcoming album BELLIGERENT

falsetivalAppearing at festivals taking place around the U.K. including Cardiff’s own Pwer Festival, False Advertising has announced their line-up for ‘Falsetival’ set to take place this April in Manchester’s Soup Kitchen. With names such as Peaness, Forever Cult and Dead Naked Hippies, False Advertising has teamed up with some of the most chaotic, fun-living bands in the U.K. scene. With tickets priced at £8.50 or £15 for early access and a Falsetival poster, the doors are opening at 3pm for an all-day festival. For tickets for Falsetival, click here.

Commenting on the idea behind the event, Jen Hingley says: “Inspired by the daytime festivals that we’ve visited and played over the last year (like the SXSW day parties, Wrong Festival, The Great Escape and SWN), we decided to put together our own DIY all day gig, which has somehow – potentially by name alone – become known as a festival. We asked a bunch of the bands that we’re excited about at the moment to play and then spent ages deliberating over how we should complete the line-up having had about 20 bands ask us whether they could join too.” 

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Belligerent (Japan exclusive album) tracklisting:

1. Hey You
2. Scars
3. Give It Your Worst
4. Not My Fault
5. Honest
6. You’re Too Slow
7. Dozer
8. Piece Of My Mind
9. Alopecia
10. I Think I Got My Wish
11. Sigh
12. It’s Been A While (so sick)

Alongside the Falsetival announcement, the Mancunian band triplet revealed their Japanese-exclusive album set for release April 11th. The album is a compilation of previously released tracks over the past two years via 2670Records. Including re-mastered tracks from their I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring and Brainless EP’s, the album will also be available in the U.K. on their bandcamp and on limited physical CD copies. You can preorder Belligerent by clicking here.

False Advertising have massive momentum under their feet as they stride two steps at a time. While working on a new album at Paul Epsworth’s Church Studios in London, False Advertising are on stage plenty of times over the next few months including Pwer Festival, Kendal Calling, The Alternative Escape and Hanwell Hootie.

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One Eighty Two Tribute @ The Globe, Cardiff 09/02/18

img_0761.jpgThe queue is excited. Smiling faces across a wide range of people, all from different walks of life; people at different points in their lives waiting for the doors to open to dive bar and venue, The Globe. Excitement is a flurry, and the floor fills up pretty quick – and those at the age to drink are well and truly getting themselves started. The stage, illuminated by a huge custom-made Blink 182 flag, an epic show of dedication to what they’re representing with a black and white striped background, and the dripping smiley standing out in a fuschia pink – what’s that, a missing eye?

The tribute-trio look the part for most of it, with Fake Tom presented in To The Stars… merch rocking a Gibson ES-335 that’s probably the biggest piece of eye-candy on the stage, Fake Hoppus representing Hi My Name Is Mark and of course, equipped with a trusty Fender Strat bass, and well, Poundland Travis wearing a Saltrock tee but definitely well on his way with his arms covered in multiple eye-catching tattoos. The trio looks the part, equipment covered in Blink stickers and 182 spraypaints. The chords for ‘Feeling This’ kick in, and with a little help from the two pints, the flag with a missing eye becomes the flag you’ve been waiting to be stood in front of. The crowd is in full swing and ready for a night filled with the anthems of their teenage years, and what makes it even more incredible is the Mark, Tom and Travis Show-esque banter of sex and swear words the trio have become fluent in reminds us of the old-school Blink 182 when it was the original trio.

One thing to note is that Blink 182 find it difficult to sound like recorded Blink 182 live, but much like the real thing, the tribute-trio delivers the music with the same energy that causes a buzz of brilliant atmosphere with a merry crowd hungry for the music. ‘M+M’s’ is the perfect example, with the lyrics “there’s only so many ways I can make love to my hand” being the loudest to be sung back. And there are two ways to look at it, a) the band is doing brilliantly and people are well and truly into it or b) the crowd have some unaddressed issues lying around. While both are 100% possible, it’s exhibit A that’s the reason. Fake Travis is keeping up with 16-note beats, Fake Hoppus is showing off his energy and exploring the stage and Fake DeLonge has starry-eyes with every chord he’s pulling off. With red cheeks and sweat streaks on full display with the lights illuminating over the stage, the tribute-trio have already successfully delivered what they meant to – a night of Blink 182 anthems and a party-like atmosphere.

There’s a plethora of songs that bring the audience second-wind (or third.. or fourth) such as ‘What’s My Age Again?’ There’s almost an epic sound boost, and it’s hard to tell whether it’s intentional or the audience suddenly got louder but it’s received well. There are people from all age-groups here tonight, and I think they all definitely felt the nostalgia of their teenage years coming out. ‘I Miss You’ brings out the wailing of all the women from the room (including myself), and ‘First Date’ – which not only sounds amazing by the tribute-trio – but gets the whole floor up on their feet and jumping along with the heavy bass. One of the best songs though is ‘Stay Together For The Kids,’ and while everyone remembers all those times that they listened to that song during the worst of times in their younger years, it’s the song that Fake DeLonge really comes into his own as a musician. For a brief moment, he drops the Californian-DeLonge accent that he’s carried through each track up to this point and really shines. There’s a lot of passion there, and it’s obvious in the way he delivers the song as his own person than the parody he’s putting on.

There’s a lot of praise to be given to the tribute-trio, especially during tough-track ‘Carousel’ which is pulled off well and practically spot on. The trio definitely has a lot of love for what they do, and clearly put a lot of effort into their rehearsals and practices to have reached the level of skill they have to play Blink tracks they way they do. Covering practically the whole discography of the original Blink 182 – ‘Anthem Part Two,’ ‘Always’ (which of course went down a treat with the crowd) and ‘Going Away To College’ – the trio saves ‘Dammit’ for last with a little treat. A brief pop-punk version of TLC’s ‘No Scrubs,’ ending the set on such a high that gears the audience up for Green Haze. (Do I need to say who they’re a tribute for?)

One Eighty Two is delivering the tracks, banter and atmosphere that old-school Blink had, giving the audience and their fans a taste of what used to be and what we can still enjoy, even if they have different accents and different faces. Follow them on Instagram and keep up to date with the pop disaster shows where they’re heading to Frome, Chesterfield, Bridgend, Swindon and more.

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