With festival season nearing and more announcements made, it’s looking like this year is going to be super expensive for those with such a diverse taste in music. Reading has announced their exclusives including Royal Blood, Slam Dunk has announced bands such as Wage War, Hellogoobye and Plain White T’s and Download has added Behemoth, Jinjer and Halestorm to their already, one-hell-of-a-lineup. So far, none of our predictions have come true – but that’s the fun right? We’re still praying for a Senses Fail announcement to play alongside Silverstein at Slam Dunk and a Ghost announcement for Download. With Rolo Tomassi being announced for 2000 Tree’s, there’s still a bunch of time for some of our predictions to come true. (Please, let it be The Blackout or Kids In Glass Houses reunion, we will do anything!) So, without any further a due, here’s our next wave of predictions to go with the last.
So first up, we think InFlames could potentially make a return to festival line-up’s this year. Already doing a brief UK tour this April, and with I, The Mask due for release in March, it’s practically perfect timing for InFlames to get up on stage. Leaving a few months between their album release and festival season, it has time to settle and for fans to rekindle their love (not that it was ever forgotten) for the Swedish metal band. We’d love to see them at Download, but they could even make an appearance at Slam Dunk or 2000 Tree’s.
With All Time Low headlining Slam Dunk this year, frontman Alex Gaskarth has recently teamed up with Blink 182 bassist Mark Hoppus to create the perky Simple Creatures. While we know that Blink 182 are working on a multitude of things right now, like including blast beats and going in wild directions in their recent projects, we also know that Mark Hoppus is a man of plenty. It may not be an official announcement, and perhaps even be a complete secret, but could we see a Simple Creatures show at the Slam Dunk headline event? We can hope so!
It’s no surprise, or secret really, that Thy Art Is Murder has seen their fair share of problems throughout their career, and with the release of Dear Desolation in 2017, the band had turned a corner with a much more positive attitude and chemistry to continue creating their music. Last November, Thy Art Is Murder released their latest addition to their discography, ‘Death Perception’ that has brought them back into the light since the band formed in 2006 and expanded massively into the underground metalcore scene. With, at their own admittance, more money and crew to organise for smoother sailing, we could be seeing their names popping up in upcoming announcements. Bloodstock, or maybe even Download?
Mallory Knox has been a band to see since their release of Signals in 2013, with first-track ‘Beggars’ being the centre of attention and still one of their best tracks yet. ‘Better Off Without You’ has since landed them in a solid position, and their latest single, ‘Black Holes’ just proves that their momentum is at an all-time high. We’re feeling a return to Slam Dunk!
Most of this has so far been about who we think will be at festivals down to upcoming releases or recently released material, and we get it. Most bands will be on the bill with new stuff to promote – and while we have a hunch that Download could be leaving German legends Rammstein til last (or at least we hope so) or Slam Dunk will get on the Frank Iero and The Future Violents train there’s a few bands that we think could be on the bill that hasn’t really had much going on recently. But that’s a conversation for a different time, so for now, let us know what you think and who your predictions are for the final few announcements!