Takedown is next weekend at Southampton Uni. Hoping the weather will be as awesome as it’s been today. I’ve been working pretty hard the last couple months coordinating press lists, gathering previews and news urls, liaising with various publications, PR and bands, chasing people to come review, making clashfinders, designing laminates and writing briefs for the event media team. I’m pretty excited now for the big day, we’re all pretty damn excited. Been going over the clashfinder today figuring out exactly who I’m going to go watch, even if only briefly, and working out my schedule. So here are 10 of the bands I’m probably going to go see, and who I highly recommend you do too. In order of play throughout the day.
The Catharsis - New boys in the SGR camp hailing from Birmingham who will BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF. I hope they play Styx (I doubt they will).
The Hell - Mystery hardcore outfit/collective. I haven’t seen them play before and ridiculously curious. I want to see if the people I THINK are involved are.
Feed the Rhino - They clash with The Hell. FUCK SAKE. I WILL make it work. FTR are easily one of my favourite UK bands.
Heart in Hand - ALL of the HIH please! I’m gonna watch their entire set. Another SGR band too. See the 3 bands above. It’s an SGR takeoverrrr!
A Tale of Two Cities - My boys from Bridgwater!!!! Too much love. No they’re not metal.
Emp!re - Ridiculous vocals from Joe. Shame they clash with Hacktivist. But wait, their stages are RIGHT next to each other. Hurray.
Hacktivist - Seen them loads. They’re fucking supreme. Bit of rap/djent can never be wrong. Gonna jump to ‘Niggas in Paradise’.
Yashin - Gonna have to be done. More jumping to some happy screamo pop. Lots of singalong.
Kids in Glass Houses - Maybe not as frenetic as I like bands to be but it’s always enjoyable. And I know all their songs despite not owning any recent albums.
Glamour of the Kill - Bunch of rock divas and I do love them. Haven’t seen them for agessss.
After this I’ll also probably go check out some Heaven’s Basement and some FFAF, and then I’m going to go get quietly drunk at the aftershow. Who’s with me??