The last few days have seen several festivals try to lure in more people with new big announcements, including a massive one from Reading, so lets start off with that
READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS
28th – 30th August
Since the last time I spoke about the Reading and Leeds Festivals there has been an incredibly large amount of bands added to the bill, The Libertines (headliner),Bring Me The Horizon (European festival exclusive), All Time Low, Limp Bizkit, Frank Turner (solo), Mastodon,Panic! At The Disco, New Found Glory, Ghost, Gojira, Marmozets, Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration, Bury Tomorrow, Cancer Bats, Neck Deep, Simple Plan, The Menzingers, While She Sleeps, Lonely The Brave, We Are The Ocean, Slaves, Modern Life Is War, American Football, Circa Waves, Radkey A$AP Ferg, Alvvays, Ash, Azealia Banks, Ben Kahn, Boy Better Know, Brodinski, Camo & Krooked, Cardiknox, Coasts, Craze, Darlia, Dillon Francis, Django Django, DMA’s,Everything Everything, Flatbush Zombies, FTSE, Glass Animals, Gorgon City, Hudson Mohawke, Jake Isaac,Jamie XX, Kendrick Lamar, Knife Party, Krept & Konan, Lethal Bizzle, Little May, My Nu Leng, Nick Brewer,Oneman, Peace, Pell, Porter Robinson, Rae Sremmurd, Rat Boy, Ratking, San Fermin, Stormzy, Swim Deep,The Bulletproof Bomb, The Districts, The Maccabees, The Wombats, Toyboy & Robin, Tourist, Tyler, The Creator and Walking On Cars.
Huge name like The Libertines are the last act confirmed to be headlining, what a comeback for them! I can’t say I’m a fan but I definitely know there is a bit of a buzz around this announcement. Who else? Festival regulars Bring Me The Horizon and All Time Low once again added to the mainstage, always bands that will bring in a crowd and I give it a few years until either headlines. Same goes for Panic! At the Disco who also recently got added to the mainstage. I’m honestly surprised that Neck Deep and Pierce The Veil are on the mainstage, I didn’t realise either of them were that big. Then on the other hand you have Limp Bizkit and New Found Glory on the lower stages when they should be on the mainstage, Especially with the performance Limp Bizkit gave on the mainstage in 2010. NFG are headlining the Lock Up stage by the looks of things, and what the fuck is that about? the Lock Up stage used to be 2 days not 1. Sorry but “The Pit” just doesn’t seem the same. what used to be mostly punk and hardcore has been dominate by rock, metal and metalcore. Mastodon headlining this stage is an insult, they should also be mainstage. Bury Tomorrow, Cancer Bats, frnkiero and the cellabration, Ghost, Gojira, Modern Life is War, Simple Plan, The Menzingers and While She sleeps were all added to The Pit/Lock Up stage with no real surprise other than Sleeps and Bury Tomorrow have also played mainstage before and deserve a bigger crowd if they aren’t headlining these stages. Ash, making an appearance on the festival republic stage, where the fuck have they been for the last few years? Christ they haven’t been relevant for about 10 years haha. Other notable names like Tyler, The Creator, Peace, Azealia Banks, The Maccabees and The Cribs also all added over various stages with a lot more to come, including a special main stage guest to be announce, Reading/Leeds has really started to heat up and attract a lot of attention
Download recently added a stonking 38 bands to their pretty strong list already. Aaron Keylock, Allusondrugs, American Fangs, Apocalyptica,Beartooth, Blackberry Smoke, Butcher Babies, Code Orange, Counterparts, Crobot,Dead Daises, Decade, Dolomite Minor, Emp!re, Ghost Town, God Damn, Hey Hello, Hyena, Iconic Eye, In Hearts Wake, Insomnium, Love Zombies, Modestep, New Years Day, The One Hundred, The Pink Slips, Pop Evil, Purson, ROAM, Rival State, Sirens In The Delta, The Sword, andTrash Boat.
Cavalera Conspiracy (or any Max Cavalera project of some sort), Fightstar, Heart of a Coward, Sylosis are all pretty much Download regulars now, that it is kind of expected to see them once ever other year or so. I would have prefered Max’s new project Killer Be Killed to play though. A have been added, again like Ash at Reading/Leeds, where the fuck have A been over the years? its no 2001 anymore. Apocalyptica,Beartooth, Butcher Babies, Code Orange, Counterparts, Decade, In Hearts Wake, Insomnium, Love Zombies, Modestep, The One Hundred, ROAM, The Sword, andTrash Boat are all rather notable names as fairly established or upcoming bands with some buzz. ROAM are a fairly local band to me so I’m really proud of the fact they have made it on the download lineup. From this lineup I already see some annoying clashes that make me glad that I’m not going, though the Saturday Mainstage does look incredible. Maybe I’m getting old but there are a lot of new names on this bill that I have never heard of, where did all these bands come from? As a whole even with the new additions Download does look great for the average alternative music fan, but not for me.
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL
Leeds – 23rd May
Hatfield – 24th May
Wolverhampton – 25th May
Slam Dunk joined the big boys in making another announcement adding another 17 bands to their bill :Don Broco, Beartooth PVRIS, While She Sleeps, The Color Morale, The Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx, Trash Talk, Zebrahead, Patent Pending, Lightyear, Big D & The Kids Table, Transit, Such Gold, A Loss For Words, Emmure and Thy Art Is Murder.
I called it with Big D & The Kids Table in my last post, it was way too predictable but I’m glad they got added, it just makes so much sense. But hell yeah to While She Sleeps and Trash Talk, though I expect Sleeps will clash with Reel Big Fish as stage headliners sadly. Bruisers like Emmure and Thy Art Is Murder are not surprises to me, in fact the only surprise to me is The Bronx/Mariachi El Bronx double addition, that should be interesting to see. Apparently Don Broco are the name that makes the headlines for this announcement in Kerrang! I personally don’t see the appeal but a lot of people do so as far as Slam Dunk is concerned it’s a great addition. Zebrahead are back for 2nd year running, clearly they were good enough last year to ask to come back, certainly another band that certainly brings a lot of buzz to the occasion. Not many additions to the “nostalgic” punk stage has disappointed me a little but that hardcore stage is certainly starting to look amazing.
August 14 – 15
I sadly don’t have positive opinions over the addictions of Thrice, Coheed and Cambria (performing In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 in full) The Get Up Kids (playing Something To Write Home About in full), Touché Amoré, Hacktivist, Black Tusk, Baby Godzilla, Continents, Creeper, Fort Hope, Fathoms, The Colour Line and Wraiths.
This is all personal opinion that barely any of this excites me, but I did see a lot of positive responses on facebook about Thrice and Coheed and Cambria, so clearly Hevy did do something right. Apart from Touché Amoré and Continents I’m just a bit meh about the whole thing. I never understood the buzz around The Get Up Kids, Fathoms or Baby Godzilla, and who the fuck are the rest? really Hevy you got a lot of work to impress me enough to go now, maybe it’s a good thing because I don’t think I can afford this to go haha